One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A style of ballet having elements of character dance, but executed with steps based on the classical technique.
- ‘Despite reservations because he had not choreographed for students before, he agreed to choreograph a demi-caractère and a classical variation.’
- ‘Carlos, Clavigo's friend, is conceived more as a demi-caractère role where play-acting is almost as important as dancing.’
- ‘Graceful of presence and bearing for the princely roles, it is nonetheless in demi-caractère parts that he excels.’
- ‘Finally, ballet was divided into three formal techniques sérieux, demi-caractère and comique.’
- 1.1count noun A dancer specializing in demi-caractère dance.
- ‘He also describes the body types of the serious dancer, the demi-caractère dancer, and the comic dancer.’
- ‘He was a demi-caractère dancer of unusual vivacity and charm but also danced in the modern repertoire.’
French, literally ‘half character’.
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