What the Heck is… A “Corps de ballet”?

Corps de Ballet

Today’s dance term of the day is Corps de ballet, which is a permanent part of a ballet company that often works as a backdrop for principal dancers. The French translation literally means “the body of the ballet,” which fits the unified, synchronized movements on the stage. Some examples include:

  • The Flower Corps from The Nutcracker:

  • Swan Lake:

  • Giselle


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2 Responses to “What the Heck is… A “Corps de ballet”?”

  1. 1 Matthew Marks
    October 6, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    looks unbelievable

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