- The definition of ballet is a form of dance that is graceful and flowing, or a theatrical presentation of ballet dancing.
- An example of someone who dances in the form of ballet is Mikhail Baryshnikov.
- An example of a ballet is the Nutcracker.
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- an artistic dance form based on an elaborate formal technique, characterized by gestures and movements of grace, precision, and fluidity
- a theatrical presentation of ballet dancing performed to music and presenting a story, idea, or mood, usually with costumes and scenery
- the music for such a presentation
- a company of dancers of ballet
Origin: French ballette ; from Italian balletto, diminutive ; from ballo, a dance: see ball
- balletic adjective
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- A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
- A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
- A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
- A company or group that performs ballet.
Origin: French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo, dance, from ballare, to dance; see ballerina.
- bal·letˈic adjective
ballet - Cultural Definition
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.