Ballet is a form of dance that uses scenery, music, and the movements of the dancers to tell a story. Learning classical ballet takes years of training.

Ballet also refers to the music written for a ballet. Famous ballets include "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," and "Romeo and Juliet." The word ballet comes from the French word ballet, originally ballette, which itself is from the Latin word ballare, which means "to dance." The word ball, meaning a festive party with dancing, comes from the same Latin word.

Definitions of ballet

n a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers

concert dance
classical ballet
a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
modern ballet
a style of ballet that admits a wider variety of movements
comedy ballet
a ballet that stresses the drama with features of comedy
Type of:
choreography, stage dancing
a show involving artistic dancing

n music written for a ballet

Type of:
an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

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