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balletomane


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A ballet enthusiast. The term was coined in the 19th century to describe the partisan fans of Russian ballet, so extreme in their support of a particular dancer that they occasionally became hysterical. Arnold Haskell introduced the term to the West in his 1934 book Balletomania: The Story of an Obsession. Today the term has less drastic connotations, and is more commonly used to refer to ballet lovers or experts.

Subjects: Dance.


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