Definition of demi-caractère in English:


Syllabification: de·mi-ca·rac·tère
Pronunciation: /ˌdemēˌkarəkˈte(ə)r

noun (plural same)

  • 1A style of ballet having elements of character dance but executed with steps based on the classical technique.
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    • Finally, ballet was divided into three formal techniques sérieux, demi-caractère and comique.
    • Despite reservations because he had not choreographed for students before, he agreed to choreograph a demi-caractère and a classical variation.
    • Carlos, Clavigo's friend, is conceived more as a demi-caractère role where play-acting is almost as important as dancing.
  • 1.1A dancer specializing in demi-caractère.
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    • He was a demi-caractère dancer of unusual vivacity and charm but also danced in the modern repertoire.
    • He also describes the body types of the serious dancer, the demi-caractère dancer, and the comic dancer.


late 18th century: French, literally 'half character'.

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