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 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 Savannah Durham, an apprentice at City Ballet, seemed to be on the brink of signing her corps de ballet contract when the pandemic hit. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Connor Holloway, 26, the gender-nonconforming corps de ballet member who runs Ballet Theater’s TikTok account, said the company wants to present a version of itself that feels true to ballet TikTok’s culture. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2021 Amar Ramasar was accused of sending Mr. Finlay explicit photos of a corps de ballet dancer and encouraging Mr. Finlay to send him images of Ms. Waterbury. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2020 Clad in white, the corps de ballet descends a ramp to the stage in a diagonal snaking pattern, repeating a meditative sequence of arabesques and port de bras. Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2019 There was room for the expert corps de ballet, although much of their work was lost on the large video screens. Mark Swed, latimes.com, 12 July 2019 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, 7 May 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, 27 Apr. 2018

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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