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Famous Female Ballerinas

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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. 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.

Everything from Suzanne Farrell to Eleonora Abbagnato is included on this list.

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. (112 items)
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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 known to ...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 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: age 37
    • 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: age 59
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Capote, Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky
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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 made ...more

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    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Bromley, England
    • 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) 5 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) 6 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 century.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1910-2004)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Ballets Russes, A Song for Miss Julie
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    Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE, was an English ballerina. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1919-1991)
    • Birthplace: Reigate, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Romeo and Juliet, I am a Dancer, Rudolf Nureyev: A Documentary, Royal Ballet: An Evening With, The Perfect Partnership: Fonteyn and Nureyev, + more
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    Rebecca Wright was an American ballerina, teacher, choreographer and ballet school director.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1947-2006)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher
    • Credits: The Merry Widow
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