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Ballet Company Heirarchy

Classical ballet companies have a ranking system. Most dancers enter a company from the bottom rung of the ladder, so to speak: the corps de ballet (which consists of “the body” of the ballet company). How does a ballet company hierarchy work? Ballet Company Heirarchy Today, ballet companies continue to...

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