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  • IN DARREN ARONOFSKY'S thriller, "Black Swan", which has opened in America and is launched around the world from later this month, Natalie Portman plays Nina, the kind of ballerina who is referred to in the dance world as a "bunhead" because she has sacrificed her life to the quest for perfection.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • If this were the Hollywood version of ballet, her colossal transformation from nervous bunhead to confident star would have been sparked by overcoming a long addiction or a grueling injury.

    Blooming in the Bright Lights

  • I wouldn't mind seeing Bevil and bunhead take on youtube videos. alkali

    Mike Judge Speculates on the Future of Beavis and Butthead | /Film

  • Oh, to be back in a library again, if for nothing else than literary inspiration ... and a few good bunhead rants, too.


  • And some of us have enough trouble living down the shushy-bunhead-in-sensible-shoes sterotype as it is, let alone the stigma of head-hunting or child labor exploitation.

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  • Closer and the Star Wars prequels, plays a ballerina so obsessed with her craft that she becomes what is known in the dance world as "a bunhead."

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  • (Translation of bunhead slang: In "Swan Lake," the ballerina performs the dual role of Odette and Odile; the Rose Adagio features challenging balances on point.

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  • "'bunhead' (a slang term for women who put their long hair into a bun while dancing)" per

    February 25, 2018

  • A devotee of classical ballet. Also, derogatorily, a clueless driver (probably referring to an old lady).

    January 24, 2008