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List of famous female ballerinas, featuring bios and photos when available. This female ballerinas list contains the most prominent and top females known for being ballerinas. You might also be interested in famous male ballet dancers and celebrities who danced ballet. The female ballerinas of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as ballerinas in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

Everyone from Galina Ulanova to Misty Copeland is included on this list of popular female ballet dancers. Featuring Russian, Spanish, Italian, and more, this list has many familiar names in the ballet world. 

While this isn't a list of all female ballerinas, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female ballerinas in the world?" and "Who are the best female ballerinas?"

The most notable female ballerinas in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female ballerinas. If you want to share these historic female ballerinas you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 

Diana Vishneva is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Diana Vishneva is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Vishneva was born in St. Petersburg and was trained at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. While at the Vaganova school, she scored the highest scores ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor

Credits: Brilianty (Diamonds), Ballerina, Great Dancers of Our Time

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Adabel Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko, better known simply as Adabel Guerrero, is an Argentine professional theater and burlesque dancer, actress, and supervedette, who has also dabbled as a model and as a singer in several of her television, magazine and theater appearances. Guerrero has worked as a ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Actor Dancer

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Evelyn Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Evelyn Hart is a Canadian ballerina and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor

Credits: Capote, Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky

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Tamara Rojo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Tamara Rojo is a Spanish ballet dancer. She is the artistic director of the English National Ballet, as well as a lead principal dancer. She was previously a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, and continues to perform with the company as a guest artist. ...more

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Profession: Ballet Dancer

Credits: The Sandman

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Ninette de Valois is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Dame Ninette de Valois, OM, CH, DBE, FRAD, FISTD was an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of classical ballet. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, later establishing The Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the ...more

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Age: Died at 103 (1898-2001)

Birthplace: Blessington, Republic of Ireland

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Gillian Lynne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical Cats and the current longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. At age 87, she was ...more

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Age: 91

Birthplace: South East England, Bromley, Eurasia, Kent United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Theatre Director, Choreographer Actor, + more

Credits: LS Lowry: A Simple Man

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Anna Pavlova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1881-1931)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Ballet Dancer

Credits: The Golden Twenties

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Alicia Markova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Dame Alicia Markova DBE was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th ...more

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Age: Died at 94 (1910-2004)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor

Credits: Ballets Russes, A Song for Miss Julie

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