Definition of corps de ballet in US English:

corps de ballet

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The members of a ballet company who dance together as a group.

    ‘Nikiya appears, accompanied by a corps de ballet and three soloists’
    • ‘Franklin worked wonders with the company, producing a corps de ballet that truly looked like one body moving, a testament to Franklin's keen eye.’
    • ‘At 31, O'Connor is in her fourteenth year as a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre.’
    • ‘Eifman succeeded in creating a company that could fulfill all of his ideas - not a classical corps de ballet where everyone dances in unison, but an ensemble of individuals.’
    • ‘Last evening the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet did themselves, and the people who guide them, proud.’
    • ‘She danced in the corps de ballet of The Nutcracker for six nights a week, plus the weekend matinees.’
    1. 1.1 The members of the lowest rank of dancers in a ballet company.
      • ‘He also plucked Lyn Tally from the corps de ballet to dance the principal role.’
      • ‘She became a member of the corps de ballet in 1997, second soloist in 1999, and was immediately elevated to first soloist after her Onegin debut.’
      • ‘In 1995, she became a member of the corps de ballet and in 1997 was promoted to soloist.’
      • ‘Williams picked Young to join the company and served as her mentor, guiding her progress from the corps de ballet to leading roles.’
      • ‘After finishing the academy, she was accepted into the Mariinsky Theatre, dancing solo parts straight away and missing out the almost mandatory stint in the corps de ballet.’

Origin

Early 19th century: French.

Pronunciation

corps de ballet

/ˌkôr də baˈlā//ˌkɔr də bæˈleɪ/