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Four moving as one in Swan Lake

Four women in white tutus crosslink their arms in front, then apparently move as one across the stage with head and feet synchronized. This "danse des petits cygnes" occurs in the beginning of "Swan Lake" and is as famous a moment in the ballet as the black swan’s fouettes later in the evening.

For Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers, being part of this particular pas de quatre means both excitement and a few nerves, according to four "little swans" who discussed the company's production of "Swan Lake" during a break in rehearsals.

“It’s iconic. You have a sense of accomplishment when you do it,” said Jahna Frantiziskonis, who started as a PNB apprentice in 2012 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2013.

“It’s technical and fast, like what we do as corps (in “Swan Lake”) but so much more packed in one minute,” said Amanda Clark. She's danced at PNB since 2008, first as an apprentice and then as a member of the corps.

“Why my mot…