|ballet (ˈbæleɪ, bæˈleɪ)|
|1.||a. a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity|
|b. (as modifier): ballet dancer|
|2.||a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers|
|3.||a troupe of ballet dancers|
|4.||a piece of music written for a ballet|
|[C17: from French, from Italian balletto literally: a little dance, from ballare to dance; see |
Theatrical entertainment in which dancers, usually accompanied by music, tell a story or express a mood through their movements. The technique of ballet is elaborate and requires many years of training. Two classical ballets are Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Two great modern ballets are The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, and Fancy Free, by Leonard Bernstein.