Famous Female Ballet Dancers People

Famous Female Ballet Dancers

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List of famous female ballet dancers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female ballet dancers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being ballet dancers. There are thousand of females working as ballet dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic ballet dancers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a ballet dancer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Vera Kostić to Noelani Pantastico is included on this list.

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


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    Agnes de Mille
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    Agnes Demille was the daughter of William C. DeMille.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1905-1993)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
    • Credits: Conversations About the Dance
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    Marguerite Porter MBE is an English former principal ballet dancer, turned actress and choreographer. Born in Doncaster, Porter trained in Yorkshire and at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was taught by Dame Ninette De Valois. After two years training she joined The Royal Ballet, where she ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Doncaster, England
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher
    • Credits: The Magic Toyshop
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    Veronica Tennant, CC FRSC is a Canadian dance and performance film producer and director, and former ballet dancer. She was born in London, England, and moved to Canada with her parents and sister in 1955. Dancing from the age of four, by the age of 18, she became the youngest person ever to enter the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Television producer
    • Credits: Satie and Suzanne, Four Seasons, Vida Y Danza Cuba, Shadow Pleasures, The Dancer's Story: The National Ballet of Canada, + more
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    Amanda Schull
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    Amanda Schull is an American actress and former professional ballet dancer. She is best known for her recurring roles on One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and Suits. She currently stars in the Syfy television series 12 Monkeys.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Pretty Little Liars, Suits, Center Stage, Mao's Last Dancer, Sorority Wars, + more
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    Alicia Markova
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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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    Ann Reinking
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    Ann Reinking is a Tony Award- and Olivier Award-winning American actress, dancer, and choreographer. She has worked extensively in musical theatre, both as a dancer and choreographer, as well as appearing in film.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Annie, All That Jazz, Movie Movie, Micki & Maude, The 100 Greatest Musicals, + more
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    Janet Collins
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    Janet Collins was a ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed on Broadway, in films, and appeared frequently on television. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 4, Collins, received her first dance training at a Catholic community center. Collins studied primarily with Carmelita ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1917-2003)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Dance Teacher, Dancer
    • Credits: Stormy Weather
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    Margot Fonteyn
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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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    Leslie Browne is an American prima ballerina and actress. She was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City from 1986 until 1993. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 at age 20, for portraying a fictionalized version of herself in ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: The Turning Point, Nijinsky, Dancers, American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco
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    Tatiana Victorovna Stepanova, also Tetyana Stepanova, is a Ballet master, choreographer, ballet dancer, critic, essayist and historian of the dance.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master, Choreographer, Essayist
    • Credits: The Debut, Svyato
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    Vera Zorina
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    Vera Zorina was a German ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1917-2003)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: The Goldwyn Follies, Follow the Boys, Louisiana Purchase, I Was an Adventuress
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    Tamara Geva was a Russian actress, ballet dancer and choreographer. She was the first wife of dancer/choreographer George Balanchine.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1907-1997)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Orchestra Wives, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, Their Big Moment, The Gay Intruders
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    Moira Shearer
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    Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy, was an internationally renowned British ballet dancer and actress.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1926-2006)
    • Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Peeping Tom, The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffmann, The Man Who Loved Redheads, The Story of Three Loves, + more
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    Shayna Saide is a dancer, visual artist and the mother of Shia LaBeouf.more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Fashion designer, Visual Artist, Jewelry designer
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    Elizabeth Tarpon is a voice actress.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Profession: Voice acting, Dancer
    • Credits: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Winx Club, Sonic X, Kirby: Fright to the Finish!!, Mew Mew Power
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    Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks, professionally known as Marguerite Derricks, is a former ballerina and a multi award-winning choreographer from Buffalo, New York. Derricks studied ballet at the National Ballet School of Canada; she admired Karen Kain. Derricks was behind the choreography of two films ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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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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    Valda Valkyrien
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    Valda Valkyrien was a Danish prima ballerina and a silent film actress.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1895-1956)
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Silas Marner, The Hidden Valley
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    Yvonne Georgi
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    Yvonne Georgi was a German dancer, choreographer and ballet mistress. She was known for her comedic talents and her extraordinary jumping ability. In her roles as dancer, choreographer and ballet mistress she was an influential figure in dance for decades. Georgi was born in Leipzig. Along with Gret ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1903-1975)
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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    Josephine Ann Endicott is a dancer.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Dancer
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