Cavalier

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Cavalier:

ka-vo-LEER

Cavalier is a classical ballet term that refers to the male partner of a ballerina.  While this may be the general definition, the role of the cavalier is often referenced to the partner of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.  While this may cause a little confusion, the definition can be more understood to mean “the male role who’s character has no story or background, though is featured while partnering a ballerina performing a leading role.”


Share