Pas de quatre (ballet)

Lithograph of Perrot's Pas de Quatre featuring Carlotta Grisi, Marie Taglioni, Lucille Grahn, and Fanny Cerrito.

Pas de quatre (literally, "step for four") is a French term used to identify a ballet dance for four people.[1] Pas de quatre are usually plotless dances performed as divertissements within the context of a larger work. However, narrative pas de quatre and pas de quatre that stand alone are not unknown.

Selected works

Among the pas de quatre best known in the ballet repertory are the following.[2] [3] [4]


  1. Cyril W. Beaumont, A French-English Dictionary of Technical Terms Used in Classical Ballet (London: Beaumont 1959), p. 23.
  2. Mary Clarke and David Vaughan, eds., The Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet (New York: Putnam's, 1977), passim.
  3. Horst Koegler, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 1982), passim.
  4. Selma Jeanne Cohen and others, eds., International Encyclopedia of Dance, 6 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), passim.
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