A principal dancer is similar to a soloist in dance. However, principals are hired by (or promoted from within) a ballet or dance company to perform not only solos, but also pas de deux. A principal may be male or female. It is a coveted position in the company and the most prominent position a dancer can receive. It is normally used in ballet dancing, but can be used in other forms as well, such as modern dance.
Discussion With Chris Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University; A Conversation With Wendy Whelan, Principal Dancer With New York City Ballet
Feb 22, 2006; CHARLIE ROSE, HOST: Welcome to the broadcast. Tonight Chris Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, former governor of Hong Kong...