Definition of character dance in English:

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character dance


[mass noun]
A style of ballet deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living, or personality.
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.
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