corps de ballet

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corps de ballet

the members of a ballet company who dance together in a group

Corps de Ballet


in opera and ballet, a company of male and female dancers who perform dances in small or large groups, a kind of “chorus of ballet.” In developing mass scenes, Soviet ballet has imparted new meaning and strength to the role of the corps de ballet.

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Soloists and Principal dancers tended to have shorter rest breaks than did first artists and corps de ballet dancers.
While no similar data exist to provide comparison, studies have found differences in fitness levels within the classical ballet company; a comparison between soloists and corps de ballet dancers found that soloists had greater maximal oxygen uptake than did corps de ballet dancers.
All of the participants in the current study took the same company class; therefore, it can reasonably be assumed that differences seen between corps de ballet dancers, first artists, soloists and principals are due to the rehearsal workload alone.
Brazilian-born Carlo Korbes thrilled New York City Ballet audiences when she leaped into the spotlight soon after joining the company's corps de ballet in 2000.
Making one last check in the mirror for makeup and hair, Ashley Merrill-Lynch moves with the other corps de ballet members to the stage wings.
Although she joined Miami's corps de ballet just last year, she has already been singled out to dance solo roles.
The two pas de deux, among Martins' best, develop emotionally from the intricacies and pacing of the choreography, complementing the exuberant dancing of the male corps de ballet.
Viewed through the scrim, the corps de ballet enlivens every cliche of Parisian life--gamins and gamines, bicyclists, gendarmes, ladies of fashion, and even Degas ballerinas-and its upbeat pace takes its cue from Gershwin's delicious score.
The corps de ballet is to a dance troupe as the spine is to the body: It provides framework, support, context, and aesthetic form.
You can dance from your heart and still tailor that passion to fit the mold of the corps de ballet," she says.
In June, The CORPS de Ballet International--an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of ballet in higher education--presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cleopatra Williams, a corps de ballet member of Houston Ballet, says that her generation is reaping the benefits of battles fought before.

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