What would a suite of dances for a male and female be referred to within a ballet from the Classical period?
The pas de deux is a suite of dances for the lead male and female roles in a Classical ballet. It begins with a slow duet for both dancers, typically featuring a lot of lifts. The man and the woman each have a solo and the pas de deux ends in a coda. The coda often includes fast jumps and turns in a virtuoso display of skill. Some ballets may have more than one pas de deux, but they often come toward the end of the ballet.