Corps de ballet
Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. The early portions preceded the invention of the proscenium stage and were presented in large chambers with...
, the corps de ballet (from French
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, body of the ballet) is the group of dancers who are not soloists. They are a permanent part of the ballet company
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and often work as a backdrop
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for the principal dancer
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s. A corps de ballet works as one, with synchronized movements and corresponding positioning on the stage. Specific roles are sometimes made for the corps de ballet, such as the Snow Corps de Ballet and the Flower corps in Nutcracker.