, the corps de ballet
, 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. Specific roles are sometimes made for the corps de ballet, such as the Snow Corps de Ballet and the Flower corps in Nutcracker.
(1982). Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet
. 3rd edition, New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-21843-0.