ballet

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bal·let

noun \ˈba-ˌlā, ba-ˈ\

: a kind of dancing that is performed on a stage and that uses dance, music, costumes, and scenery to tell a story

: a show in which ballet is performed

: a group of dancers who perform ballets together

Full Definition of BALLET

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a :  a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphere
b :  dancing in which conventional poses and steps are combined with light flowing figures (as leaps and turns)
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:  music for a ballet
3
:  a group that performs ballets
bal·let·ic \ba-ˈle-tik\ adjective

Examples of BALLET

  1. She does tap dancing and ballet.
  2. We are going to a ballet tonight.
  3. This is one of my favorite ballets.

Origin of BALLET

French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare
First Known Use: 1634

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw

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ballet

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theatrical dance in which a formal academic technique (the danse d'école) is combined with music, costume, and stage scenery. Developed from court productions of the Renaissance, ballet was renewed under Louis XIV, who in 1661 established France's Académie Royale de Danse, where Pierre Beauchamp developed the five ballet positions. Early ballets were often accompanied by singing and incorporated into opera-ballets by composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully. In the 18th century Jean-Georges Noverre and Gasparo Angiolini separately developed the dramatic ballet (ballet d'action) to tell a story through dance steps and mime, a reform echoed in Christoph Willibald Gluck's music. Significant developments in the early 19th century included pointe work (balance on the extreme tip of the toe) and the emergence of the prima ballerina, exemplified by Marie Taglioni and Fanny Elssler. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Russia became the centre of ballet production and performance, through the work of innovators such as Sergey Diaghilev, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Marius Petipa, and Michel Fokine; great ballets were composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky. Since then, ballet schools in Great Britain and the U.S. have elevated ballet in those countries to Russia's level and greatly increased its audience. See also American Ballet Theatre; Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Ballets Russes; Bolshoi Ballet; New York City Ballet; Royal Ballet.

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