corps de ballet

noun
corps de bal·​let | \ ˌkȯr-də-(ˌ)ba-ˈlā How to pronounce corps de ballet (audio) \
plural corps de ballet\ ˌkȯr-​də-​(ˌ)ba-​ˈlā How to pronounce corps de ballet (audio) or  ˌkȯrz-​də-​ \

Definition of corps de ballet

: the ensemble of a ballet company

Examples of corps de ballet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most distinct of the ballet’s segments, a solo for corps de ballet dancer Jonathan Fahoury with a choreographic focus on articulation for his torso, presents dynamic relief—but just barely. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Before the dancing started, Jonathan Stafford, the company’s artistic director, presented India Bradley and Davide Riccardo with the Janice Levin award, given to talented, young members of the corps de ballet. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 It’s a visually gorgeous excerpt, with the corps de ballet dressed in white and moving in sync. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 This thriller is set amongst the ballerinas and artistic staff of a corps de ballet in France. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Apart from the principal dancers Cory Stearns and Devon Teuscher (a couple offstage) and the soloist Catherine Hurlin, the roster drew mainly from the corps de ballet. New York Times, 29 July 2021 The workout is an intense but fun 50-minute ballet class created in tandem by Equinox instructor, Chris Vo, and ABT corps de ballet member, Katie Boren. Meredith Lepore, Travel + Leisure, 13 Oct. 2021 Three top athletes are repping On Point for its debut: skier and VS Collective ambassador Eileen Gu, New York City Ballet corps de ballet member India Bradley, and yoga instructor Emily Chen. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 2021 Most impressive here is the soloist, Victor Abreu, a member of the corps de ballet, who has always struck me as having a certain vulnerability: the look of a boy trapped in a man’s body. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of corps de ballet

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corps de ballet

borrowed from French

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“Corps de ballet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corps%20de%20ballet. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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