prima ballerina

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a leading female ballet dancer

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They may be dancing with students or what have you, and they're not going to act like prima ballerinas.
Few prima ballerinas are--and not only prima ballerinas.
However, this almost ugly duckling, born in England as Peggy Hookham and getting her first serious training in Shanghai, did become a swan, indeed a swan queen of queens, who in 1979, at the age of 60, was awarded the still unique title of Prima Ballerina Assoluta of Britain's Royal Ballet.
The evening began with Pas des Deesses (Dance of the Goddesses), a 1954 work choreographed by Robert Joffrey, which was inspired by a portrait of three leading prima ballerinas of the 1800s.
I got ahead of the other prima ballerinas who had worked with the company for a long time, and I began immediately to dance with Baryshnikov.