bal·​le·​ri·​na | \ ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce ballerina (audio) \

Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer : danseuse

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Watching them is mesmerizing, their bulk as graceful as a ballerina, through the channel and beneath bridges that raise and drop like curtains on a stage. Laura Johnston,, "First, we cleaned the river. Now we need to keep people safe," 20 June 2019 Also in the trailer: the aforementioned Freeman sporting an eye patch, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and, of course, actual ballet courtesy of world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland (!). Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The New Trailer for "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Is a Stunning Holiday Dream," 8 Aug. 2018 Four other cast members — Joseph Abrego, Nicole Erb, Nicole Cowans and Carina Morales — portray toys in the nursery (lion, soldier, ballerina, airplane), then double as the adults who appear briefly in the show. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: A heart-tugging ‘Rabbit’ on SCR stage," 3 June 2019 In attendance was Indre Rockefeller (a former ballerina herself), Wes Gordon and Paul Arnhold, Pose actor Dyllón Burnside; SAB’s artistic director Jon Stafford, associate artistic director Wendy Whelan, and executive director Carrie W. Hinrichs. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 The Metropolitan Opera House was sold out; other celebrated ballerinas were spotted in the audience. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Many Giselles, but Only One Osipova," 20 May 2018 These ballerinas have long resorted to darkening their own footwear, which is typically sold in pink shades most suited for white dancers. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Ballet has long excluded dancers of color. A broader range of “nude” pointe shoes signal change.," 9 Nov. 2018 Founded by a former ballerina and surfer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, the brand is most known for its scalloped swimsuits but has expanded its repertoire to include gingham print and fringe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 At that point in time, Steinvorth worked as a translator after moving on from a nascent career as a ballerina. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of ballerina

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballerina

Italian, from ballare to dance, from Late Latin — more at ball

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English Language Learners Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer


bal·​le·​ri·​na | \ ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce ballerina (audio) \

Kids Definition of ballerina

: a female ballet dancer

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