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The chief female dancer in a ballet or ballet company.
leading actor, leading actress, leading performer, leading player, leading lady, leading man, lead, starView synonyms
- ‘Apart from Swan Lake and Giselle, there is no other ballet that so unmercifully lays bare the academic technique of a company, from the prima ballerina down to the newest member of the corps de ballet.’
- ‘The prima ballerina played her to perfection and it was wonderful.’
- ‘It is a very effective and dramatic work, originally written to be danced to by the prima ballerina of the Berlin opera.’
- ‘Because of her build, Mrs. Noah advised Megan to give up the idea of becoming a prima ballerina like Katie wanted to be.’
- ‘In a company that avoids the star system, she has become something of an unofficial prima ballerina: not only a superb and effortless technician, but an actress of exceptional subtlety and range.’
- ‘The former prima ballerina of the National Ballet is markedly older than the other four dancers, all clustered in their early 20s.’
- ‘Whenever disaster strikes the poor prima ballerina, she hangs up her dancing shoes in despair until some devastatingly handsome boy shows her that she was made to dance.’
- ‘In Act II, the prima ballerina plays Odette, a beautiful swan that can only return to her human form between midnight and dawn.’
- ‘The Fairy Godmother's solo was also splendidly graceful, and thus Cinderella did not appear to be the sole prima ballerina in this piece.’
- ‘The major key to success for productions of the time was that the principal character - to be played by the prima ballerina - had to be the most fragile female creature with the feeblest action.’
- ‘She received her initial training in Berlin from Alexandra Nicolaieva, a former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet.’
- ‘Sassy dreams of becoming a prima ballerina but as her dance classmates tell her, her large feet and long legs stand in the way of her dreams.’
- ‘Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre sacked a prima ballerina, saying she was too heavy and too tall for most of her dance partners to lift.’
- ‘Sulamith Messerer became a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet at the age of 20 when she volunteered, without rehearsal, to stand in for the injured Ekaterina Geltser as Kitri in Don Quixote.’
- ‘The great prima ballerina Galina Ulanova described Swan Lake as ‘the most beautiful ballet you could imagine.’’
- ‘I was a prima ballerina for the classical bits - you should have seen my Sheherazade - but my heart belonged to the musicals.’
- ‘‘Conditioning will not make you a prima ballerina unless you're meant to be one, but it will maximize your body's potential,’ she says.’
- ‘The prima ballerina's starting a ruckus about the way she's treated and there's a nervous male dancer, with what appears to be a kind of stage-dad figure in tow, badgering the company director to get him principal roles.’
- ‘Karen Kain, Canada's prima ballerina and one of the most respected dancers in the world, gave over 10,000 performances in her career.’
- ‘The young woman knew that all eyes were on her, well, all these that weren't still watching the prima ballerina of the Cleveland ballet.’
Late 19th century: Italian, literally ‘first ballerina’.
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