prima ballerina

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Definition of prima ballerina

: the principal female dancer in a ballet company

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And, yes, young men do fall in love with me.’’ As a teenager, Ms. Montevecchi was a prima ballerina in choreographer Roland Petit’s dance company in Paris. Washington Post,, "Liliane Montevecchi, French cabaret star who won a Tony for ‘Nine,’ dies at 85," 6 July 2018 On and off stage, American Ballet Theatre's prima ballerina Devon Teuscher is as graceful and stylish as can be. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Stunning Night Out with Prima Ballerina Devon Teuscher," 25 June 2018 Pizarro is the Spanish dance equivalent of a prima ballerina, a 15-year veteran of one of the most prolific and recognized dance companies committed to Spanish dancing. Lauren Warnecke,, "Stomping Grounds: Free evening of percussive dance in beautiful Garfield Park — what's not to like?," 23 May 2018 But there is also a scary side to this 1948 British classic about a prima ballerina whose red dancing shoes take on a life of their own, moving faster than her feet and causing her to plummet from the balcony to the railroad line below. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Diablo Ballet, Robert Dekkers to present new version of ‘Red Shoes’," 25 Apr. 2018 Boylston was featured as Jennifer Lawrence’s dance double in the Francis Lawrence–directed film Red Sparrow, a gritty thriller about a Bolshoi prima ballerina turned spy. Pari Dukovic; Fashion Editor: Deborah Watson, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Red Shoes," 23 Apr. 2018 Now led by its former prima ballerina, Virginia Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem is one-third of its former full-strength self, topping out at an ensemble of 16 men and women. Laura Bleiberg,, "Dance Theatre of Harlem comes full circle with stirring Broad Stage program," 22 Apr. 2018 Advertisement Egorova, a former prima ballerina recruited by an elite Russian intelligence branch, has to go lighter in order to seduce one particular male target. Samantha Sasso,, "Did You Notice This One Inaccuracy In Red Sparrow?," 8 Mar. 2018 Margot Fonteyn, Britain’s Primack prima ballerina assoluta, was a fashion plate for decades, dressing with Christian Dior from his debut New Look collection, and subsequently with his protégé, Yves Saint Laurent. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Alors on Danse! Checking Out the Latest From New York City Ballet," 3 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of prima ballerina

: the main female dancer in a ballet company

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