Share this entry
corps de ballet Line breaks: corps de bal¦let
Pronunciation: /ˌkɔː də ˈbaleɪ/

Definition of corps de ballet in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
1The members of a ballet company who dance together as a group: Nikiya appears, accompanied by a corps de ballet and three soloists
More 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.

Definition of corps de ballet in:
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.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources