Polonaise

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Polonaise:

paw-low-nayz

A polonaise is a dance within a classical ballet done in 3/4 time. It is most often seen as a processional dance in ballets like Swan Lake or The Sleeping Beauty where there are royal courts leaving, or sometimes entering, a scene.

When doing a polonaise step, a dancer take two steps forward on demi-pointe, then the third step flat footed with the knees bent in a plié as the other foot brushes to the front raised off slightly off the floor.

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