corps de ballet

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corps de ballet

the members of a ballet company who dance together in a group
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In one evening he can dance a principal role in a Wayne McGregor piece and a corps de ballet role in a Justin Peck ballet.
ELEVE: Entry position into the corps de ballet lasting one year at most that allows the director to see if a dancer is a good fit
While the mean exercise intensity (all dancers) remained fairly low (< 4 METS, as seen in Figure 2), the highest intensities dancers reached were 11.2 [+ or -] 3.32 for principal dancers, 11.3 [+ or -] 4.02 for soloists, 9.7 [+ or -] 3.16 for first artists, and 10.1 [+ or -] 3.83 for corps de ballet dancers.
The sight of the numerous members of the corps de ballet in white, dancing in unison, retains its power to impress, and the national dances were lively enough.
"A lot of dancers who are in companies as corps de ballet and soloists are fantastic, but for whatever reason, haven't been promoted yet or given that type of respect," Fox says.
"They wonder, 'Who is that little girl in the corps de ballet?' They want to see what that person has to offer."
Although entering ABT in the corps de ballet, he very soon became a soloist.
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.
Imagine a ballet company without its corps de ballet. There would be no lines of wilis in arabesque drawn magnetically together in Giselle, nor any grand polonaise for the ensemble in Theme and Variations.

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