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 rank their dancers in hierarchical fashion, although most have adopted a sex neutral classification system, and very few recognise a single leading dancer. In most large companies, there are usually several leading dancers of each sex, titled Principal Dancer or Etoile to reflect their seniority within the company. Other common rankings include those of Corps de Ballet and Soloist. The title of Prima Ballerina Assoluta is rarely used, and it is usually reserved as a mark of respect for an internationally renowned dancer who has had a highly notable career. Dancers who are identified as a Guest Artist, are usually those who have achieved a high rank with their company, and have subsequently been engaged to dance with other ballet companies around the world, normally performing the lead role. Prima ballerina assoluta Prima ballerina, premier sujet or première danseuse Sujet Coryphée Corps de ballet For men, the ranks were: Premier danseur noble Premier danseur Danseur Sujet Coryphée Corps de ballet More on company structure and ranking here at wikipedia.org. Ranking names vary from company to company. The Royal Ballet company, for example, uses different names for their ranking system: The Royal Ballet has six ranks of dancers in ascending order: Artist (Corps de ballet) First Artist Soloist First soloist Principal character artist Principal The Royal Ballet also has special...

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