This weekend’s Times had an article about life in the corps de ballet of a company. Here’s an excerpt:
“Aficionados like to talent-scout among the corps, but otherwise no one thinks much about the dancers who, year in and year out, make up that necessary body.”
The more I see ballet, the more I enjoy watching the corps, as an ensemble as well as individual dancers that each contributes something unique to the whole. And it’s incredibly gratifying to watch a corps dancer get more and more featured roles, and perhaps a promotion (Tyler Angle of NYCB was just promoted to soloist, and after watching him for several years dance in both corps and principal roles, I feel that his promotion is well deserved). Although it’s hard not to watch a favorite principal when he or she is front and center, I appreciate and respect the corps for their hard work and indispensable role in the production of a ballet and the life of a company.