Russian ballet

noun

Definition of Russian ballet

1 : ballet developed early in the 20th century by teachers and students of the Russian Imperial Ballet Academy with characteristic emphasis upon the execution of dramatic, symbolic, or interpretative pantomime through rhythmic plastic movements and postures with the aid of appropriate costumes and setting
2 : a group of dancers trained in the Russian ballet

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First Known Use of Russian ballet

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Russian ballet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Russian%20ballet. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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