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Ballet vs Pantomime - What's the difference?

ballet | pantomime |

As nouns the difference between ballet and pantomime

is that ballet is a classical form of dance while pantomime is a Classical comic actor, especially one who works mainly through gesture and mime.

As a verb pantomime is

to gesture without speaking.



(wikipedia ballet)


(en noun)
  • A classical form of dance.
  • A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story.
  • The company of persons who perform this dance.
  • (music) A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa-la burden or chorus, most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers.
  • (heraldry) A bearing in coats of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Derived terms

    * ballet dancer * ballet flats * ballet music

    See also

    * mime * modern dance ----



    (en noun)
  • * Tylor
  • [He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone.
  • (historical) The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work.
  • (UK) A traditional theatrical entertainment, originally based on the commedia dell'arte, but later aimed mostly at children and involving physical comedy, topical jokes, and fairy-tale plots.
  • Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime.
  • * 1851 ,
  • A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 26:
  • In pantomime , Chief Joyi would fling his spear and creep along the veld as he narrated the victories and defeats.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=October 20 , author=Michael da Silva , title=Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=With the Stoke supporters jeering Ziv's every subsequent touch, the pantomime atmosphere created by the home crowd reached a crescendo when Ziv was shown a straight red shortly after the break in extraordinary circumstances.}}

    Derived terms

    * panto

    See also

    * sign language

    See also

    * dumb show


  • To gesture without speaking.
  • To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.