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corps de ballet Syllabification: corps de bal·let
Pronunciation: /ˌkôr də baˈlā/

Definition of corps de ballet in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
1The members of a ballet company who dance together as a group.
Example sentences
  • At 31, O'Connor is in her fourteenth year as a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre.
  • Last evening the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet did themselves, and the people who guide them, proud.
  • Eifman succeeded in creating a company that could fulfill all of his ideas - not a classical corps de ballet where everyone dances in unison, but an ensemble of individuals.
1.1The members of the lowest rank of dancers in a ballet company.
Example sentences
  • He also plucked Lyn Tally from the corps de ballet to dance the principal role.
  • In 1995, she became a member of the corps de ballet and in 1997 was promoted to soloist.
  • She became a member of the corps de ballet in 1997, second soloist in 1999, and was immediately elevated to first soloist after her Onegin debut.


Early 19th century: French.

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