Ballet
[ba-LAY]
A theatrical work or entertainment in which a choreographer has expressed his ideas in group and solo dancing to a musical accompaniment with appropriate costumes, scenery and lighting.

Choreography, choregraphy
This is a term used to describe the actual steps, groupings and patterns of a ballet or dance composition.

Classical ballet
(1) The traditional style of ballet, which stresses the academic technique developed through the centuries of the existence of ballet.
(2) A ballet in which the style and structure adhere to the definite framework established in the nineteenth century. Examples of classical ballets are Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Coda
(1) The finale of a classical ballet in which all the principal dancers appear separately or with their partners.
(2) The final dance of the classic pas de deux, pas de trois or pas de quatre.

Divertissement
[dee-vehr-tees-MAHNLAY]
Diversion, enjoyment. A suite of numbers called "entrées," inserted into a classic ballet. These short dances are calculated to display the talents of individuals or groups of dancers.

Pas de deux, grand
[grahn pah duh duh]
Grand dance for two. It differs from the simple pas de deux in that it has a definite structure. As a general rule the grand pas de deux falls into five parts: entrée, adage, variation for the danseuse, variation for the danseur, and the coda, in which both dancers dance together.

Romantic ballet
A style of ballet produced during the early nineteenth century in which the accent was on the conveyance of a mood to a story. Example of romantic ballets are La Sylphide and Giselle.

Variation
[va-rya-SYAWN]
Variation. A solo dance in a classic ballet.