Adjective "ballet" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful movements and the use of pointe shoes with reinforced toes.
  1. 'The classes on Saturdays and Sundays in classical ballet and jazz dance for adults will last for two months.'
  2. 'However, with modern ballet dance comes greater foot support through modern pointe ballet shoes and trained technique.'
  3. 'In a technical and physical challenge, the dancers perform Peking opera gestures and movements at the same time as they dance ballet steps.'
  4. 'There is an increasingly fine line nowadays between some modern dance and classical ballet.'
  5. 'I also danced classical ballet until I was 33 years old, then I gave that up and became a runner.'
  6. 'The rhythm and tone of Jacobi's voice is complemented by classical ballet music and original music by Paul Grabowsky.'
  7. 'What happens when you combine the technical formality of traditional ballet with the free-flowing movements of modern dance?'
  8. 'With classical ballet, your movement is either right or wrong, and if you're wrong, you've failed.'
  9. 'Mr B is, of course, the man who propelled classical ballet into the 20th century, and whose centenary has just been celebrated.'
  10. 'He was one of the first dancemakers to marry classical ballet and modern dance.'
  11. 'Farrell's golden reputation as a coach of the Balanchine ballets has attracted much attention.'
  12. 'One can easily find three Ashton ballets that go beautifully together.'
  13. 'Lyon Opera Ballet does classical ballets but with a new language of movement.'
  14. 'By the end of 1777 he was writing operas and ballets in Naples.'
  15. 'I saw not one ballet by Massine and only eight performances of ballets by Fokine, all in London.'
  16. 'Unlike his contemporaries, he often chose to commission original music for his ballets.'
  17. 'DVD issues, at least those of operas and ballets, must now also be treated differently.'
  18. 'The American Festival featured 15 ballets many with overtly American themes and all with American music.'
  19. 'Neumeier is an amazingly creative choreographer, and premieres about two new ballets every season.'
  20. 'This is not to say that it is a great ballet or even one that is in the top ten of short Bintley ballets but it is a good ballet.'
  21. 'To avoid open conflict during the performance, the ballet group omitted several controversial pieces.'
  22. 'English Youth Ballet is the only company in the UK that offers youngsters between the ages of eight to 18, the opportunity to dance in a full scale classical ballet.'
  23. 'Despite all dancers wearing ballet shoes, and the show coming from the prestigious Northern Ballet Theatre, classical ballet it is not.'
  24. 'This is the first of two ballet seasons Ballet Ireland presents each year.'
  25. 'All the grace and beauty of classical ballet comes to Evesham next week when the Vienna Festival Ballet takes the Arts Centre stage.'

More definitions

1. a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.

2. a theatrical entertainment in which ballet dancing and music, often with scenery and costumes, combine to tell a story, establish an emotional atmosphere, etc.

3. an interlude of ballet in an operatic performance.

4. a company of ballet dancers.

5. the musical score for a ballet: the brilliant ballets of Tchaiko

More examples(as adjective)

"melodies can be ballet."

"companies can be ballet."


Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo ‘a dance’, from late Latin ballare ‘to dance’ (see ball).