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
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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
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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
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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
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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: 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 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: 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
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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 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: 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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    Austin Churton Fairman, who used the name Churton Fairman but was more widely known under the pseudonym Mike Raven in the 1960s and early 1970s, was a British radio disc jockey, actor, sculptor, sheep farmer, writer, TV presenter and producer, ballet dancer, flamenco guitarist and photographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1924-1997)
    • Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sculptor, Ballet Dancer, Guitarist, Television producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Lust for a Vampire, I, Monster, Disciple of Death, Crucible of Terror
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    Peter Albert Michael Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest, was a British United Nations diplomat and member of the British House of Lords. A dancer and choreographer who performed as Peter Michael with the Markova-Dolin Ballet, Ballet Divertissement, Ballet Theatre, Ballet Joos, and the Repertory Dance ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1913-1996)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Diplomat, Choreographer
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    Mikhail Fokin
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    Mikhail Fokine was a groundbreaking Russian choreographer and dancer.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1880-1942)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
    • Credits: Bolshoi Soloists Classique
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    Gaspare Angiolini, real name Domenico Maria Angiolo Gasparini, was an Italian dancer and choreographer, and composer. He was born in Florence and died in Milan. Gaspare Angiolini directed the ballet at the Imperial Theatre in Vienna,taking over the post in 1758, working closely with Christoph Willibald ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1731-1803)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Composer
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    Brian Macdonald, CC was a Canadian dancer, choreographer, director of opera, theatre and musical theatre. Born in Montreal, while a student at McGill University in 1957, Macdonald directed the satirical revue My Fur Lady which went on a national tour of 402 performances. Macdonald was an original member ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Theatre Director, Choreographer
    • Credits: Ensemble for Somnambulists
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    Christopher d'Amboise is a danseur, choreographer, writer, and theatre director. Born and raised in New York City, the son of dancers Jacques d'Amboise and Carolyn George, d'Amboise became a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, where he worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Writer, Playwright
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    Anton Dolin is an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1904-1983)
    • Birthplace: Slinfold, England
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Nijinsky, The Girl from Petrovka, A Song for Miss Julie, Alf's Button
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    Kirill Laskari is a screenwriter.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1936-2009)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Writer
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    Serge Lifar
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    Serge Lifar – 15 December 1986, Lausanne, Switzerland was a French ballet dancer and choreographer of Ukrainian origin, famous as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century. Not only a dancer, Lifar was also a choreographer, director, writer, theoretician about dance, and collector. As ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1905-1986)
    • Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Crime Does Not Pay
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    Michel Descombey was a French ballet dancer, choreographer and director. Descombay studied dancing in Paris, and debuted as a professional dancer of the Ballet de l'Opéra National in 1947. In 1959 he became premier danseur, then ballet master, and official choreographer and finally director of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1930-2011)
    • Birthplace: Bois-Colombes, France
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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    Asaf Mikhailovich Messerer was a Russian Jewish ballet dancer and ballet teacher. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1919 until 1921 he trained as a dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet School under Mikhail Mordkin. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where he became a successful soloist, eventually ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1903-1992)
    • Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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    Alexander Godunov
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    Alexander Borisovich Godunov, nicknamed "Sasha", was a Russian-American danseur and film actor, whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the United States and the Soviet Union.more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1949-1995)
    • Birthplace: Sakhalin, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor, Dance Teacher
    • Credits: Die Hard, Witness, The Money Pit, North, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, + more
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