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

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Bigger in nearly every dimension than its predecessor, the new Ram dwarfs other traffic like a linebacker in the corps de ballet. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 The second movement is dazzling in the tiny steps and patterns given to a corps de ballet who closely cross the back of the stage. New York Times, "Jerome Robbins, Ballet’s Mr. ‘Take It Easy, Baby,’ at 100," 27 Apr. 2018 Three apprentices, Sydney Dolan, Federico D’Ortenzi, and Erin O’Dea, have been promoted to the corps de ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet II’s Flavia Morante was moved into the main company as an apprentice. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Ballet promotes 10 dancers," 7 May 2018 There’s also a new work by Myles Thatcher, a member of the San Francisco Ballet’s corps de ballet who has become a choreographic darling of the ballet world in the past few years. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "A season of 'more' from Cincinnati Ballet," 8 Mar. 2018 Soloists perform less often than members of the corps de ballet. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "A New Juliet Blooms as a Ballerina," 16 Feb. 2018 The corps de ballet re-forms, becoming an avenue or forest through which hero and heroine walk slowly on separate paths, looking for each other in vain. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story Into Tragedy," 20 Feb. 2018 The season also includes a mixed repertoire (Nov. 8-11), featuring Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian and world premieres by Andrea Miller, artistic director of the contemporary Gallim Dance, and Pennsylvania Ballet corps de ballet dancer Russell Ducker. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Ballet announces 2018-19 season: New 'Giselle,' 'Romeo & Juliet'," 19 Feb. 2018 Alina Dronova, a dancer in the corps de ballet for 17 years, said Mr. Martins was routinely allowed to be aggressive. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "Five Dancers Accuse City Ballet’s Peter Martins of Physical Abuse," 12 Dec. 2017

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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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