For the record: A bloody toe for a ballerina is like a bruise for a boxer: ho-hum.
He was bisexual and a ballerina, and this was while I was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont.
Fact: Penelope Cruz was actually a ballerina for nine years.
1792, from Italian ballerina, literally "dancing girl," fem. of ballerino "dancer," from ballo "a dance" (see ball (n.2)). The Italian plural form ballerine formerly sometimes was used in English.
In ballet, a female dancer. (See prima ballerina.)