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  • n. Alternative spelling of bourrée.


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  • He passed a green felt table where men were playing bourree in a cone of yellow light given off by a bulb inside a tin shade.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Despite the presence of Ethan Stiefel, there was practically no ballet in this underdog story about a dancer with no formal training who aspires to join the ranks of a ballet academy despite sickle feet, a bourree with surplus butt jiggle, and all the elegance of Britney Spears slinging hash.

    All the World's a Stage, and I Wish Some People Would Get Off of It: James Wolcott

  • I will never forget her exquisite bourree en arriere - the floating quality of her run backwards on her pointes - and the shock when for lack of stage depth she hit the scenery against the back wall and fell.

    Canada's Artistic Boom II

  • A little higher, and I passed a pair of men in a tree with pruning-hooks, and one of them was singing the music of a bourree.

    Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes

  • I hear of no great advance in what are thought the essentials of morality; but the bourree, with its rambling, sweet, interminable music, and alert and rustic figures, has fallen into disuse, and is mostly remembered as a custom of the past.

    Essays of Travel

  • In the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy solo her tiptoeing pas de bourree seemed wired to Tchaikovsky's twinkling celesta. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • (There was also a shimmering bourree quote, just a few seconds long, from Balanchine's "Apollo.") - News

  • Yet clownish as this movement sometimes is - at points dancers make staccato, Charlie Chaplinesque steps, with turned-out feet; at times a ballerina will bourree on tip toe with unbent knees, bend over and stick her rear end out, evoking more the ballerina doll in The Nutcracker rather than a real ballerina - they were still endearingly human in the way they'd eye each other close up, sniff at each other as if trying to understand the other through every available sense, follow each other, reach out to each other, usually in vain.

    Tonya Plank: Company B, Citizen: Dances For Our Troubled Times


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