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An ardent admirer of the ballet.

[French : ballet, ballet; see ballet + -mane, ardent admirer (from Greek -manēs; see men- in Indo-European roots).]

bal·let′o·ma′ni·a (-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə) n.


passionate enthusiasm for ballet
[C20: from ballet + -o- + -mania]
balletomane n
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Noun1.balletomania - extraordinary enthusiasm for ballets
enthusiasm - a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
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A in Amo-tell Abyra, Tillet; assever bimester, rag-garret semibreves, satellitary balletomania. The mysterious, obsessive A has apparently been holed up in a shabby attic in Amo, Indiana, for two months composing way-out ballet music.
In his 1934 book Balletomania, ballet critic Arnold Haskell interprets this trend as a temporary stage through which English ballet needed to pass: the "adoption of the Russian name is in a way symbolical, signifying the entrance into the fine tradition that is the living force in ballet ...
But he took American dance out of its modern-dance cults, and he took balletomania out of its ghetto, making dance an art for all.