Definition of ballet
1a : a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphereb : dancing in which conventional poses and steps are combined with light flowing figures (such as leaps and turns)
2 : music for a ballet
3 : a group that performs ballets
balleticplay \ba-ˈle-tik\ adjective
Examples of ballet in a Sentence
She does tap dancing and ballet.
We are going to a ballet tonight.
This is one of my favorite ballets.
Recent Examples of ballet from the Web
The studio teaches ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz, tap and lyrical dance styles to children of all ages up until their 18th birthday.
PRO et CONTRA, the ballet music of Tchaikovsky does not sound.
His switchability would be a huge asset deep in the playoffs; the first step to beating the Warriors is gumming up the ballet of ball screens and cuts that powers their all-world offense.
Walking around the park for up-close encounters will be a didgeridoo musician, a ballet folklorico troupe and Dia de los Muertos characters, who will be happy to pose for photos with guests.
The idea of the program, beyond just showing the unadulterated work of some of ballet’s greatest artistic geniuses, was also to show the influence of Ivanov and Petipa on Balanchine.
Our teachers took us to watch the symphony, the ballet, and plays by Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company, which included cookies and milk after the performance.
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As with all of Ratmansky’s ballets, the work feels beautifully populated and detailed.
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Origin and Etymology of ballet
French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare
First Known Use: 1634See Words from the same year
BALLET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ballet for English Language Learners
: 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
BALLET Defined for Kids
Definition of ballet for Students
1 : a stage dance that tells a story in movement and pantomime
2 : a group that performs ballets
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