Tune of the Day: Danse des petits cygnes
This famous dance tune, whose title translates form French as “Dance of the Little Swans”, is taken from Act II of Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake. As a dance, it has become synonymous with the choreography by Lev Ivanov, created in 1895 for the famous revival of Swan Lake. Four dancers enter the stage in a line and move across with their arms crossed in front of one another, grasping the next dancer's hand. Ideally the dancers move in exact or near-exact unison. At the very end, they break their chain and try to "fly", only to drop to the ground.
Thanks to Jeffrey for suggesting this piece!