Ballerina

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Ballerina:

bahl-lay-REE-nah

What does Ballerina translate to?

ballerina

The term ballerina is originally meant as the rank of a principal female dancer in a ballet company.  When it was originally used, this meant that not every female dancer in the ballet company was considered a ballerina, and instead by their rank or simply as “a ballet dancer”.  Today, a leading female ballet dancer is usually simply called a “principal dancer.”

Since it is more commonly used today, the term has lost its prestige.  Many mothers will reference their 6 year old daughter as “mommy’s little ballerina” and usually every woman that is part of a ballet company is referred to as a ballerina.

 


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