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corps de ballet

[kawr duh ba-ley, bal-ey; French kawr duh ba-le] /ˌkɔr də bæˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪ; French kɔr də baˈlɛ/
the dancers in a ballet company who perform as a group and have no solo parts.
Origin of corps de ballet
1820-30; < French; see corps, ballet Unabridged
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  • In that fashion, not unlike a giraffe pretending to be a member of the corps de ballet, he improvised a crossing to safety.
  • Thus the number of swans in the ensemble has been increased in an attempt to make the corps de ballet really fill the stage.
British Dictionary definitions for corps de ballet

corps de ballet

/ˈkɔː də ˈbæleɪ; French kɔr də balɛ/
the members of a ballet company who dance together in a group
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