prima ballerina

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Definition of prima ballerina

: the principal female dancer in a ballet company

Examples of prima ballerina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carla Fracci, a prima ballerina for La Scala renowned for dancing alongside stars such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, has died at 84. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 While the police try to figure out what went down when Cassie did, the remaining dancers are more concerned with who will replace the prima ballerina. Ruth Kinane,, 16 Dec. 2020 Due largely to the fact that the ballet featured children—too young for pointe slippers and not yet able to match the fancy footwork of a prima ballerina—The Nutcracker was, initially, not considered a success. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys and former prima ballerina Lauren Anderson have teamed up to make a special sandwich for charity. Marcy De Luna, Chron, 1 Dec. 2020 But Washington’s elite social world can pivot faster than a prima ballerina. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 Standing center stage in her signature Dying Swan costume, prima ballerina Anna Pavlova evinced pure feminine elegance. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2020 The blandly emotive choreography, seen in brief flashes is not worthy of a prima ballerina, much less an apprentice. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 At the start of last night’s New York City Ballet Fall Gala, spirits were as low as a prima ballerina’s grand plié. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of prima ballerina

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prima ballerina

Italian, leading ballerina

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The first known use of prima ballerina was in 1864

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4 Jun 2021

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“Prima ballerina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prima ballerina

: the main female dancer in a ballet company


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