Definition of Russian ballet in US English:

Russian ballet


  • A style of ballet developed at the Russian Imperial Ballet Academy, popularized in the West by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes from 1909.

    • ‘It was also a feature of Russian ballet; a good example is in the last act of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.’
    • ‘From the glories of Russian ballet and theatre to the tinkling melodies of Hollywood, everything had a purpose below the purpose.’
    • ‘Like the Kirov and the Bolshoi, the Kyiv Ballet, is known world-wide for the luxurious and splendid Russian ballet style - a passionate blend of artistry and technical virtuosity.’
    • ‘The trouble is the couple passionately believe Russian ballet is the best in the world.’
    • ‘Yet since the turn of the last century, Russian ballet has emphasized the dancer over the dance, with little more importance placed on choreography than the art of opera places on stage direction.’
    • ‘Consequently, as a new-world choreographer in the United States, he was able to alter Russian ballet technique as a true inheritor, never questioning either its essential value or his own right to make change.’
    • ‘Her latest two points on the horizon are New York and Shanghai, where she has been working with a dancer trained in Russian ballet and Chinese folk dancing.’
    • ‘He crystallized the style of this company, and indeed what Russian ballet had become at that point in time, in creating this work.’
    • ‘A dancer trained in classical Indian dance forms as well as Russian ballet, he left for the US seven years ago and is claimed to have trained himself at some of the world class dance companies.’
    • ‘Cuban training is influenced by Russian ballet, so the two dancers often find themselves in agreement on particular accents or the way a step should be executed.’
    • ‘She is regularly invited to conduct seminars on Russian ballet pedagogy.’
    • ‘Between 1909 and 1929, the Ballets Russes brought ballet into the twentieth century and Russian ballet to the West.’
    • ‘For example, Petipa from France and Cecchetti from Italy both worked at the Maryinsky Theater, helping to form what is known as Russian ballet.’
    • ‘When her husband asked her what she wanted as a present for their silver wedding anniversary in 1995, she replied that her dream was to bring Russian ballet to Mikkeli.’
    • ‘Here, it was felt, was Russian ballet's true gift to the world.’
    • ‘Founded in 1776, the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia is known for its interpretations of traditional Russian ballet.’
    • ‘By the latter part of the 19th century, when ballet had declined severely in Western Europe and Russian ballet was reaching new heights, the development of ballet music lagged severely behind the dance.’
    • ‘The grown ups continued their conversations about the spring fashion, the delight of the Russian ballet, and an endless stream of people she didn't know, and places she had never been.’
    • ‘In those days, Russian ballet from Russia meant either Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet or Leningrad's Kirov Ballet - but there is not even any Leningrad anymore.’
    • ‘The centre has two theatres, exhibition halls, cinema screens, and a Russian ballet school, and has maintained a full and lively programme for as long as it has been open.’