In ballet , the corps de ballet [kɔʁ də balɛ] (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 The Nutcracker .

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