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
That had been one of her signature dance moves as well, at age 13.Gibbs, 83, performed acrobatics, ballet and tap when she was asked to audition to perform what would become that famous lift with Johnny Smith in Columbus, Ga.
Her godmother, Margie Geiger, was a ballet dancer from New York before joining the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus and married a member of the legendary Flying Wallendas.
The ballet will be danced on a set that reflects a mid-1800's European village.
But in athletes who are frequently on their toes, such as kickers, ballet dancers and skaters, the condition can cause pain and stiffness around the ankles.
The dance competition, judged by Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan, pits dancers against each other in a wide range of dance, including hip-hop, tap, ballet and ballroom.
Mary’s lover is a tedious writer, husband Michael’s paramour (Melora Walters) is a needy ballet teacher — and that each thinks the other doesn’t know.
Ballet, as Balanchine often said, would keep changing anyway; let’s find new ballets to believe in.
In one, the performers use a type of underwater ballet to act out a version of The Little Mermaid.
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Origin and Etymology of ballet
French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare
First Known Use: 1634
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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