Definition of character dance in English:

Share this entry

character dance


A style of ballet deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living, or personality. The movements used tend to be less stylized than in classical ballet, allowing greater individual expression and diversity.
Example sentences
  • Maria Fay had been teaching character dance at The Royal Ballet, and I loved it, so I decided to study ballet with her as well.
  • The 70 dancers will be working on creative, contemporary and Polish character dance, classical ballet and modern jazz.
  • It was under Hamblin that the ballet department initiated an emphasis in teaching and in character dance.


character dancer

Example sentences
  • The most important reason for adding Coppelia now was to take advantage of the talents of Stanley Holden, a respected Los Angeles teacher and former principal character dancer with The Royal Ballet.
  • Russell Kerr became the principal character dancer with the London Festival Ballet and danced with this company from 1952-1957 before returning to New Zealand.
  • He never had any formal training as a character dancer, but years of performing have taught him key elements of stagecraft that give his performances their impact.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: char·ac·ter dance

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.