Famous Male Ballet Dancers People

Famous Male Ballet Dancers

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List of famous male ballet dancers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male ballet dancers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being ballet dancers. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a ballet dancer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Peter Royston and Gali Abajdulov.

While this isn't a list of all male ballet dancers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male ballet dancers?" and "Who are the best male ballet dancers?"
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    Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a Soviet-born dancer of ballet and modern dance, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women. Nureyev defected ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1938-1993)
    • Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Valentino, Don Quixote, Exposed, Romeo and Juliet, I am a Dancer, + more
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    Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations. He could dance en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1890-1950)
    • Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
    • Credits: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
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    Erik Bruhn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    Erik Belton Evers Bruhn was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author. more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1928-1986)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Hans Christian Andersen, Giselle (American Ballet Theatre)
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    Roshon Fegan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    Roshon Bernard Fegan, also known by his music name RO SHON, is an American singer, actor, and dancer. He is best known for his role as Ty Blue on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up and for his role as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel movie franchise Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers and ...more

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    • Age: 24
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Spider-Man 2, Shake It Up, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Drillbit Taylor, + more
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    Benjamin Millepied is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer and choreographer, perhaps most widely known for his work in the movie Black Swan in which he starred and choreographed. He became the Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet in October 2014. more

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    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Black Swan, Barbie in the Nutcracker, Time Doesn't Stand Still
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    Michael Smuin was a ballet dancer, choreographer and theatre director. He was co-founder and director of his own dance company, the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1938-2007)
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Dancer
    • Credits: Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
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    David Gill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    David Gill was a film historian, ballet dancer, screenwriter, film and TV director and film and TV producer. more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1928-1997)
    • Birthplace: Papua New Guinea
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Television producer, Historian, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Safety Last!, The Big Parade, The Wind, American Masters, + more
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    George de la Peña is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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    George de la Peña is an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, choreographer, actor, and teacher. He was born in New York City, New York, U.S. Originally trained as a concert pianist, de la Peña switched to ballet while studying at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. He ...more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Theater Performer, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher
    • Credits: Nijinsky, Brain Donors, Kuffs, One Last Dance, The Cowboy and the Ballerina, + more
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