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    Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin in the Grand Pas de Deux from Tomasson's Nutcracker.
    Photo by Erik Tomasson
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    Principal Dancers Taras Domitro Lorena Feijoo in the Black Swan pas de deux from Tomasson’s Swan Lake.
    Photo by Erik Tomasson
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    In this contemporary ballet, Concerto Grosso by Helgi Tomasson, Soloist James Sofranko is executing a grand jeté while being supported by another male dancer..
    Photo by Erik Tomasson

In ballet, when two dancers dance together it’s called a pas de deux.

Partnering requires strength from both dancers. A man may lift a woman high into the air, but the ballerina must keep her torso strong, otherwise the lift will not be successful. When partnered, a ballerina can do many more supported turns than she could by herself and can lift her leg higher and sustain her balance much longer.

A Grand Pas de Deux is often the culmination of a typical classical ballet, and the dance for a man and a woman follows a traditional sequence: the couple dances together, then the man dances a solo variation, followed by the woman’s solo variation. The Grand Pas de Deux finishes with a fast-paced coda or final dance.