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Beautiful ballet 優美的芭蕾

A Russian ballet dancer performs Don Quixote in Zurich, Switzerland.一名俄羅斯芭蕾舞者在瑞士蘇黎士演出「唐吉訶德」。 (照片:歐新社)

PHOTO: EPA

Ballet is a type of dance that is known for being beautiful and very graceful. It began during the Renaissance in Italy but was mostly developed in France. Ballet dancers have very strong legs, and the women are usually very small. They need to be small because in ballet, the men often support the women and sometimes even lift them over their heads!

In ballet, there are five main positions for the feet and arms. When you are learning ballet, these positions are the first thing you have to learn how to do. All of the other, harder movements in ballet come from these five positions.

In this picture, dancers are doing a ballet called Don Quixote, which is based on a famous Spanish book. Ballet is not as popular today as it was in the 1800s, but in Denmark and Russia it is still a very important part of the culture.

(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)

芭蕾是一種極為優美的舞蹈,源於義大利文藝復興時代,在法國發展成熟。芭蕾舞者的腿強而有力,女舞者通常體型嬌小,因為跳芭蕾舞時,男舞者通常得扛起女舞者,有時甚至會將她們高舉於頭頂之上。

芭蕾舞中從腳到手臂有五個主要姿勢,這些是學芭蕾舞時的入門招式,其他較難的芭蕾舞姿均衍生自這五個姿勢。

照片中的芭蕾舞者正表演一齣由著名西班牙文學改編的劇碼「唐吉柯德」。今日的芭蕾舞不如十八世紀受歡迎,但在丹麥和俄羅斯仍是重要的文化活動。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. graceful adj.

優美的 (you1 mei3 de5)

例: Dancers are usually very graceful.

(舞者通常非常優美。)

2. develop v.i/v.t

研發 (yan2 fa1)

例: This new robot was developed in a lab in Germany.

(這款新機器人在德國一間實驗室研發。)

3. position n.

姿勢 (zi1 shi4)

例: My sister likes to do yoga but I think it is too hard to twist my body into those positions.

(我妹妹喜歡做瑜珈,但我覺得很難把自己的身體扭成那種姿勢。)


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