# BalancePasDeDeux

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Published on November 27, 2007

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Balance and the Pas de Deux:  Balance and the Pas de Deux Alejandro Garcia Pas de Deux:  Pas de Deux Translated literally from the French, pas de deux means “step of two.” In ballet this term refers to a dance of two persons, typically a man and a woman dancing as partners. Photo from Physics and the Art of Dance by K. Laws Forces on the Ballerina:  Forces on the Ballerina Forces acting on the ballerina are: Gravity Support (floor) Friction (floor) Friction (hands) Support (Floor) Friction Friction Gravity (CG) X Without her partner, the ballerina would fall forward. Dancers as a Single Object:  Dancers as a Single Object Taken as a single object, the dancers’ center of gravity is located, roughly, as shown. The upward vertical support force of the floor balances the gravity force (their total weight) Support (Floor) X (CG) Support (Floor) Support (Floor) Gravity Base of Support:  Base of Support The pose is stable as long as the center of gravity is located above the base of support, the area outlined below. References:  References For more information on balance and the physics of the pas de deux: Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement, Kenneth Laws, Oxford University Press (2002) Chapter 6, The Pas de Deux Conceptual Physics , Paul G. Hewitt, Addison Wesley (2005) Chapter 10, Rotational Motion

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