corps de ballet


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-
: the ensemble of a ballet company

Examples of corps de ballet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The corps de ballet is another anchor as couples move in unison turns, dip their torsos forward or take steps on their heels. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The latter was performed by Sasha de Sola and Isaac Hernández, Rojo’s husband, who recently returned to the company as a principal dancer after getting his start there in the corps de ballet in 2008. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 Bradley, a member of City Ballet’s corps de ballet, got it together for her debut on Dec. 10. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 This season, his body has lengthened and become more agile, whether dancing a corps de ballet role or a lead. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023 In 1948, an all-white corps de ballet was the norm in a place like Theatro Municipal, then the most-esteemed performing arts theater in Rio de Janeiro. Beatriz Miranda,, 17 Aug. 2023 Weaving in and among a corps de ballet that mimics swaying coral and schools of fish, the Mermaid saves Gutierrez, who’s gone overboard to retrieve a golf ball inadvertently lobbed over the deck railing of his White Star-esque ship. Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune, 20 Apr. 2023 This was a vivid threesome; but Bradley, a member of the corps de ballet, rooted the steps with a seriousness that instilled her entire body with lucid focus. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 29 May 2023 San Francisco Ballet has announced its first open call for entry-level corps de ballet dancers in nearly four decades. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2023

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Word History


borrowed from French

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corps de ballet was in 1818

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“Corps de ballet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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