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1. a female ballet dancer
2. US the principal female dancer of a ballet company



a female dancer in a ballet troupe. The term was first used in the second half of the 19th century after the triumphant performances of Italian virtuoso dancers. In prerevolutionary Russia the title of ballerina was bestowed on leading female dancers of the imperial ballet troupe; a ballerina received a certain salary and performed certain roles. Today it is customary to apply the term ballerina to all female ballet dancers.


Khudekov, S. N. Istoriia tantsev, vol. 3. St. Petersburg, 1915.
Skal’kovskii, K. V teatral’nom mire. St. Petersburg, 1899.
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Il nous livre ici le fruit de ses reflexions en nous presentant une version remaniee de sa these, qu'il a actualisee en y incluant les recits mettant en scene le Diable et des danseurs, recits transmis au cours des dernieres annees par les canaux de la tradition ou d'autres modes de diffusion.
Foxy Danseur earned a probable return in the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Dec.
Golden Doc A passed Spring Awakening at the head of the lane to narrowly prevail in her stretch duel with 7-2 shot Foxy Danseur.
Trained in Lille and at the Paris Opera Ballet School-he danced in the company for eight years before joining SFB--Vilanoba was one of SFB's true danseurs nobles, effortlessly gracious in classical roles like Albrecht in Giselle and Siegfried in Swan Lake, and heartbreaking in dramatic leads in Petit's L'Arlesienne, Lubovitch's Othello, and as the title character in Cranko's Onegin.
L'etude est surtout descriptive dans la mesure oE elle presente les instruments utilises, le contenu des chants et les mouvements des danseurs.
Star performance Leighton Aspell, who showed he has lost none of his skills when Saafend Rocket provided him with a first winner since returning to the saddle after a 19-month absence Keep badgering away Badger had picked up pounds 6,370 in 16 starts before yesterday, but more than doubled that when taking the novice chase Find out why Harlequinn Danseur should soon be going one better.
Winning for the second time in two career starts, Le Grande Danseur beat seven horses in the 23rd running of the race for 2-year-olds.
Maitrisant la grammaire et la complexite du style Jaipur par sa grace et son esprit innovant, elle se classe parmi les plus illustres danseurs classiques et reputes de son pays.
Le danseur d'Al-Tanoura s'est centre au milieu de la place tel un soleil.
A total of 38 winners from 214 Plumpton runners in the last five seasons underlines the Sussex trainer's potency at his local circuit, where the horse he considers to be his best chance of the day, Green Wadi, goes in the opening juvenile hurdle alongside stablemate Harlequinn Danseur.
August 20 Marc Esposito's Le Coeur des hommes (Frenchmen); September 17 Isabelle Mergault's Je vous trouve trE s beau (You Are So Beautiful); October 15 RE[umlaut]gis Wargnier'sPars vite et reviens tard (Have Mercy On Us All); November 19 Laurent Tirard's MoliE re; December 17 Alain Berliner's J'aurais voulu E[logical not]tre un danseur (Gone For A Dance).
Sur le plan individuel, Ognjen a obtenu le Prix du meilleur danseur croate en 2006 et 2010, et Aleksandra celui du plus prometteur jeune choregraphe de Croatie en 2004.