Meaning of corps de ballet in English:

corps de ballet

Pronunciation /ˌkɔː də ˈbaleɪ/


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

    ‘Nikiya appears, accompanied by a corps de ballet and three soloists’
    • ‘At 31, O'Connor is in her fourteenth year as a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre.’
    • ‘Last evening the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet did themselves, and the people who guide them, proud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She danced in the corps de ballet of The Nutcracker for six nights a week, plus the weekend matinees.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1The 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.’
      • ‘In 1995, she became a member of the corps de ballet and in 1997 was promoted to soloist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Williams picked Young to join the company and served as her mentor, guiding her progress from the corps de ballet to leading roles.’


Early 19th century French.