In ballet, the corps de ballet (from French, body of the ballet) is the group of dancers who are not soloists. They are a permanent part of the ballet company and often work as a backdrop for the principal dancers.
A corps de ballet works as one, with synchronized movements and corresponding positioning on the stage.
The leading dancer in a Corps de ballet is a Coryphée.
Specific roles are sometimes made for the corps de ballet, such as the Snow Corps de Ballet and the Flower corps in Nutcracker.
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