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"Ballerina" redirects here. For other uses, see Ballerina (disambiguation).
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Pierina Legnani (left) and Olga Preobrajenskaya (right) costumed as Medora and Gulnare, respectively, for the scene "Le jardin animé" from Marius Petipa's final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. St Petersburg, 1899. Legnani was the first ballerina ever to be officially titled as Prima ballerina assoluta, the highest rank for women.
A ballet dancer (Italian: ballerina [balleˈriːna] fem., ballerino [balleˈriːno] masc.) is a person who practices the art of classical ballet. Both females and males can practice ballet; however, dancers have a strict hierarchy and strict gender roles. They rely on years of extensive training and proper technique to become a part of professional companies. Ballet dancers are at high risk of injury due to the demanding technique of ballet.