Ballerino

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Ballerino:

bahl-lay-ree-no

What does Ballerino translate to?

ballerino

Ballerino is used in Italian for a “male dancer” who dances principal roles in a ballet company.  As ballerino is not commonly used in English speaking countries, it doesn’t hold much regard or honor as the term ballerina does and is sometimes used sarcastically to describe a male dancer.  Today, boys or men who dance ballet are simply called “male ballet dancers” in English.

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