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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. Ballet fans will also enjoy our lists of famous female ballerinas and celebrities who danced ballet. 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 male ballerinas (ballerinos) on this list include Rudolf Nureyev, Mikail Baryshnikov, and more. Featuring the most popular Russian, English, and other male ballet dancers, this list has many recognizable names. 

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?"

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 ...more

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Age: Died at 55 (1938-1993)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Russia, Irkutsk

Nationality: Austria, United Kingdom, Russia

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master, Screenwriter, Choreographer Actor, + more

Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy, Mariinsky Ballet

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 ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1890-1950)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer

Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy

Credits: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky

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Mikhail Baryshnikov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in the Soviet Union, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Nationality: United States of America, Russia

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television producer, Choreographer, Actor

Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy

Credits: Sex and the City, The Turning Point, White Nights, Great Performances Company Business, + more

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Anthony Dowell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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Sir Anthony James Dowell, CBE is a retired British ballet dancer and a former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet. Dowell was one of the great premiers danseurs nobles of the twentieth century and the natural heir at the Royal Ballet to the classical tradition established by Harold Turner and ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Ballet master

Schools: Royal Ballet School

Credits: Valentino, Royal Ballet School: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Highlights From the Royal Ballet, Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet Natasha: Natalia Makarova, + more

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Erik Bruhn is listed (or ranked) 5 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

Nationality: Denmark

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Hans Christian Andersen, Giselle (American Ballet Theatre)

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Roberto Bolle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Ballet Dancers
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Roberto Bolle is an Italian danseur. He is currently a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and also holds guest artist status with The Royal Ballet and La Scala Theatre Ballet, making regular appearances with both companies. ...more

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Ballet Dancer

Schools: Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala

Credits: Minkus: La Bayadère: Teatro alla Scala, Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Teatro alla Scala, Adam: Giselle: Teatro alla Scala

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Roshon Fegan is listed (or ranked) 7 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 ...more

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Age: 25

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor Dancer

Schools: Hollywood High School

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) 8 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: 39

Birthplace: France, Bordeaux

Nationality: France

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor Voice acting, + more

Schools: School of American Ballet

Credits: Black Swan, Barbie in the Nutcracker, Time Doesn't Stand Still

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