Meaning of danseur noble in English:

danseur noble

Pronunciation /dɑ̃ˌsəː ˈnɒbl(ə)/


  • A principal male ballet dancer, especially one who is particularly suited by bearing or physique to princely roles.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘He has the look of a danseur noble and such a Faustian intensity that it's hard to take your eyes off him.’
    • ‘Smith had a long career as a danseur noble, partnering Lee and the visiting Viennese ballerina Fanny Elssler, who profoundly impressed nineteenth-century American audiences.’
    • ‘Undeniably, there was David Hallberg, with his glorious long lines, his aristocratic bearing, a modern day danseur noble.’


French, literally ‘noble dancer’.