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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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    Barbara Ledermann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Barbara was the older of two daughters born to Jewish parents in Germany's capital, Berlin. Barbara's father was a successful lawyer. As soon as Barbara was old enough to walk, he would take her around Berlin to see the sights and tour the city's art museums. Barbara liked to go horseback riding and ...more

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    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Credits: Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust
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    Sulamith Messerer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Sulamith Mikhailovna Messerer, OBE was a Russian ballerina and choreographer who laid the foundations for the classical ballet in Japan. Sulamith studied in the Moscow Ballet School under Vasily Tikhomirov and Elisabeth Gerdt and danced in the Bolshoi Theatre from 1926 until 1950. In 1933, she and her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1908-2004)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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    Alexandra Zaharias is an American ballerina and ballet teacher. more

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    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher
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    Maude Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Maude Lloyd was a South African ballerina and dance critic. Maude Lloyd was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied classical ballet there under Helen Webb. She came to London in 1926 to study, and helped form the Ballet Rambert. The lead roles in many ballets by Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1908-2004)
    • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Critic
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    Maria Tallchief is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Tall Chief was considered America's first major prima ballerina, and was the first Native American to hold the rank. Almost from birth, Tall Chief was involved in dance, starting formal lessons at age three. When she was eight, her family relocated from her birth home of Fairfax, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1925-2013)
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Fairfax
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Credits: Million Dollar Mermaid, Ballets Russes, Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas, Firestone Dances: Historic Ballet Performances
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    Melissa Hayden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Melissa Hayden was a Canadian ballerina at the New York City Ballet. more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1923-2006)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Credits: Limelight, Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas, Firestone Dances: Historic Ballet Performances
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    Alessandra Ferri is a retired Italian prima ballerina assoluta. She danced with the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet and as an international guest artist, before retiring on 10 August 2007, aged 44. more

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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Romeo & Juliet (The Royal Ballet), Highlights From the Royal Ballet, Dancers, American Ballet Theatre: The Dream, Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, + more
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    Blanca Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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    Blanca Li is a choreographer, film director, dancer and actress from Granada, Spain. She has created choreographies for the Paris Opera Ballet, The Berlin Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, for filmmakers like Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry or for musical artists like Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Paul McCartney, ...more

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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Spain, Granada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Le Code a changĂ©, Pigalle, Andalusian Rose, Dance Challenge
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