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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ballet
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
ballet dancer
ballet/ballroom/flamenco etc dancer
▪ Margot Fonteyn, the famous British ballet dancer
classical ballet/dance etc
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
classical
▪ Black dancers fared even worse in classical ballet.
▪ But this was only innovative in so far as classical ballet was concerned as there are many 5/4 Slav folk dances.
▪ But he thought the piece needed more work, and he wanted to get a better feeling for the classical ballet.
▪ Purely classical ballets are still popular, so there have to be choreographers who understand and mould the technique.
▪ But she realised that more serious training in classical ballet was necessary, and went to Edouard Espinosa for classes.
▪ There are forms of dance which we all admit as forms of art: for example, classical ballet.
▪ These have led to the same stereotyping of characters as happens in classical ballet.
modern
▪ A few of the choreographers whose work he chose had solid reputations in modern dance and ballet.
▪ No particular message united the repertoire, which ranged from outdoor performance pieces to modern ballet essays.
national
▪ Nineteenth-century choreographers creating either a character or a national ballet used both occupational and natural emotional gesture in their dance designs.
new
▪ He wrote that no new ballet could be founded on a dead ritual.
▪ Although the new ballet had occupied much of his time and energy, other aspects of life continued.
other
▪ The latter he created specially to depict Alain, a very particular role which was unlikely to appear in any other ballet.
▪ Most other story ballets can be analysed in much the same way.
▪ In the total absence of black dancers, Covent Garden lags behind other ballet companies in the West.
▪ They said at the time it was a crib, and La Sylphide is indeed markedly different from any other Bournonville ballet.
▪ This is also true of occupational dances in other ballets, for example in those for the tradespeople in Ashton's Cinderella.
▪ It is every bit as good as I remember and so are the other two ballets.
■ NOUN
class
▪ There she inspected the results of a lifetime of disciplined diet and decades of rigorous ballet classes.
▪ Maureen and I had been in the same ballet class about a hundred years ago.
company
▪ Stravinsky was commissioned in 1909 by Diaghilev to compose a new work for his famous ballet company to perform in Paris.
▪ In the total absence of black dancers, Covent Garden lags behind other ballet companies in the West.
▪ These four distinct types of dancer are still found in twentieth-century ballet companies.
dancer
▪ I felt weightless, light as a ballet dancer.
▪ He is a sensational, irresistible presence who has the composure and concentration of a ballet dancer.
▪ He became like a male ballet dancer - a support to lift up his glamorous partner and help her turn beautiful pirouettes.
▪ I lift her soft and easy as a male ballet dancer would lift Giselle.
▪ Poor Brady, a ballet dancer in a bearpit.
▪ Look at her, May jeered, nodding over the road, thinks she's a ballet dancer.
▪ A ballet dancer who does not practise every day loses a lot of skill, as does a musician.
▪ I get as big a kick out of watching Seb on the top curve as I do watching a ballet dancer.
lesson
▪ Could this be because ballet lessons are now a very middle-class thing, like ponies?
▪ She, has an ungainly walk for a child whose support payments specify weekly ballet lessons.
music
▪ It was not created at a good time for ballet music and these scores are relentlessly trivial.
school
▪ He wined and dined Princess Diana after supporting her favourite ballet school show.
■ VERB
create
▪ Weaver was the first to create a ballet d'action in which the dancers told their own story.
▪ And no one else has been creating ballets.
▪ In 1901, Gorsky was inspired by Glinka's Valse Fantaisie to create the first abstract ballet.
study
▪ At the age of 12, Tupac joined a Harlem theatre group and studied ballet and acting.
▪ Modern style After studying the above ballets it may well be asked what is modern style?
▪ When the war was over, she won a scholarship to study ballet in London.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Swan Lake" is my favorite ballet.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He was also presenting ballets in a similar format to Rustic Revelry.
▪ His steps are in no ballet dictionary.
▪ I feel the same way about ballet and, to a lesser extent, basketball.
▪ Ozawa with his light ballet touch is a natural for this score.
▪ Purely classical ballets are still popular, so there have to be choreographers who understand and mould the technique.
▪ The impetus fur any step, pose or gesture should be part of the overall rhythm of the ballet.
▪ There was a strong influence from his parents pushing John towards an interest in ballet.
▪ Throughout his career, the profane would compete with the sacred when Alvin contemplated themes for ballets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ballet

Ballet \Bal"let`\ (b[a^]l"l[asl]` or b[a^]l"l[e^]t; 277), n.

  1. An artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Sometimes, a scene accompanied by pantomime and dancing.

  2. The company of persons who perform the ballet.

  3. (Mus.) A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa la burden or chorus, -- most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers; -- also spelled ballett.

  4. (Her.) A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ballet

1660s, from French ballette from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo "a dance" (see ball (n.2)). Balletomane attested by 1930.

Wiktionary
ballet

n. 1 A classical form of dance. 2 A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story. 3 The company of persons who perform this dance. 4 (context music English) A light part song, frequently with a fa-la-la chorus, common among Elizabethan and Italian Renaissance composers. 5 (context heraldry English) A bearing in coat of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.

WordNet
ballet
  1. n. a theatrical representation of a story performed to music by ballet dancers [syn: concert dance]

  2. music written for a ballet

Wikipedia
Ballet

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Becoming a ballet dancer requires years of training. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures to evolve the art.

Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Ballets are choreographed and performed by trained artists. Traditional classical ballets usually are performed with classical music accompaniment and use elaborate costumes and staging, whereas modern ballets, such as the neoclassical works of American choreographer George Balanchine, often are performed in simple costumes (e.g., leotards and tights) and without the use of elaborate sets or scenery.

Ballet (music)

Ballet as a music form progressed from simply a complement to dance, to a concrete compositional form that often had as much value as the dance that went along with it. The dance form, originating in France during the 17th century, began as a theatrical dance. It was not until the 19th century that ballet gained status as a “classical” form. In ballet, the terms ‘classical’ and ‘romantic’ are chronologically reversed from musical usage. Thus, the 19th century classical period in ballet coincided with the 19th century Romantic era in Music. Ballet music composers from the 17th–19th centuries, including the likes of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, were predominantly in France and Russia. Yet with the increased international notoriety seen in Tchaikovsky’s lifetime, ballet music composition and ballet in general spread across the western world.

Ballet (disambiguation)

Ballet is a formalized kind of performance dance.

Ballet may also refer to:

  • Ballet company, a group of dancers who perform ballet
    • Ballet dancer, individual performer
  • Ballet (film), a 1995 documentary by Frederick Wiseman about the American Ballet Theater
Ballet (film)

Ballet is a 1995 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. It portrays rehearsals, choreography, performances, business transactions, and other day-to-day life of the American Ballet Theatre. Much of the footage dates from the 1992 season. It also includes scenes from the company's European tour, namely in Greece and Copenhagen.

Appearances are made by Susan Jaffe, Julie Kent, Julio Bocca, Angel Corella, Amanda McKerrow, Alessandra Ferri and others. Various ballet masters and choreographers also appear, including Kevin McKenzie, ABT's artistic director, Ulysses Dove, Irina Kolpakova, Natalia Makarova and Agnes de Mille. Business transactions by then-director Jane Hermann are also included.

The film is currently released to the public by Wiseman's distribution company, Zipporah Films

Usage examples of "ballet".

When Felsner-Imbs moved to Berlin with hourglass, porcelain ballerina, goldfish, stacks of music, and faded photographs -- Haseloff had engaged him as pianist for the ballet -- Tulla gave him a letter to take with him: for Jenny.

Her ballet slippers had grown too tight for her swelling feet, and at long last Jenny Angustri appeared to have the perfect high instep that every ballerina ought to have.

Brunies and Felsner-Imbs the piano teacher decided to send Jenny to a ballet school three times a week.

On it stood a modest early-nineteenth-century villa, to whose sand-yellow stucco clung, half concealed by red-blowing hawthorn, the enamel sign of the ballet school.

Sitting by the piano equipped with his sketching pad, extracting mana from soft lead, he followed the bar exercises with swift eyes and was soon able to transfer the various positions to paper more pleasingly than the boys and girls, some of them members of the child ballet at the Stadttheater, could perform them at the bar.

Another time -- Jenny, Amsel, and Matern were absent be cause Jenny was having her ballet lesson -- Tulla swiped two schlagball balls for us, and a kid from the Athletic and Fencing Club was suspected.

She was outside in the yard and I, with still electric hair, was too slow in following to prevent her assault on the piano teacher and ballet pianist.

Stooped, he strode stiffly to the machine shop and inquired of the machinist when the buzz saw and lathe were planning to take a fairly protracted intermission, because he, the ballet pianist and former concert pianist, wished to practice, very softly, some thing complicated, a so-called adagio.

I am writing, to whom I am writing, although if Brauxel had his way, I should be writing of nothing but Eddi Amsel, Tulla arranged for our watchdog Harras to attack Felsner-Imbs, the piano teacher and ballet pianist, a second time.

Imbs and Jenny -- she in a yellowish fluffy coat -- were probably on their way from the ballet school, for the laces of her ballet slippers were dangling pink and silky out of a gym bag that Jenny was carrying.

In addition to the Renaissance desk and the Singer sewing machine, his equipment included a tall, narrow mirror, reaching up to the ceiling paneling, of the kind to be found in tailor shops and ballet schools.

Goldmouth and listen to the scraping of silvery exercising ballet slippers: Jenny is holding the bar, embarking on a career.

Everyone was eager to know what had happened at the ballet school since the day before yesterday.

We uncertain spellers, five or six ballet fans, sat in the gallery of the Stadttheater and looked on critically at the recital that the ballet master had ventured to stage with the help of Madame Lara.

We barely caressed them, we gazed upon their frayed silver glitter, tapped their hard unsilvered tips, played absently with silver ribbons, and all of us attributed magical power to the slippers: out of the poor roly-poly they had been able to make something ethereal which, thanks to ballet slippers, was capable, day in day out, of going to heaven on foot.