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danseur noble

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Pronunciation: /dɑ̃ˌsəː ˈnɒbl(ə)
 
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Definition of danseur noble in English:

noun

A principal male ballet dancer, especially one who is particularly suited by bearing or physique to princely roles.
Example sentences
  • His pure technique and extraordinary elevation were shown off to an exceptional degree in the role of the Blue Bird, but he also danced the standard danseur noble roles including the Prince in the Kirov's 1965 film of Sleeping Beauty.
  • Virolas, physically slighter, his expression neutral, is suave and lyrical - a potential danseur noble.
  • He is as close to a danseur noble as the company has ever had.

Origin

French, literally 'noble dancer'.

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