List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos People

List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos

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List of famous ballerinas, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ballerinas in the world? This includes the most prominent ballerinas, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ballerinas is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ballerinas were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned ballerinas.

This list has everything from Vaslav Nijinsky to Roberto Bolle.

From reputable, prominent, and well known ballerinas to the lesser known ballerinas of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ballerina field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ballerinas ever?" and "What are the names of famous ballerinas?" then you're in the right place. (121 items)

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    Mikhail Baryshnikov
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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, he ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television producer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Sex and the City, The Turning Point, White Nights, Great Performances, Company Business, + more
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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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    Diana Vishneva is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Vishneva was born in St. Petersburg and was trained at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. While at the Vaganova school, she scored the highest scores known to ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Brilianty (Diamonds), Ballerina, Great Dancers of Our Time
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    Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko, better known simply as Adabel Guerrero, is an Argentine professional theater and burlesque dancer, actress, and supervedette, who has also dabbled as a model and as a singer in several of her television, magazine and theater appearances. Guerrero has worked as a ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Actor, Dancer
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    Evelyn Hart
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    Evelyn Hart is a Canadian ballerina and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Capote, Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky
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    Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical Cats and the current longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. At age 87, she was made ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: LS Lowry: A Simple Man
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    Anna Pavlova
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    Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1881-1931)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Credits: The Golden Twenties
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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: age 40
    • Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • 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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    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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    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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    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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    Rebecca Wright was an American ballerina, teacher, choreographer and ballet school director.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1947-2006)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher
    • Credits: The Merry Widow
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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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    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, Scotland
    • 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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    Suzanne Farrell
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    Suzanne Farrell is an eminent 20th-century ballerina and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Dance Teacher
    • Credits: Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Choreography by Balanchine: Tzigane, Andante from Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, + more
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    Natalia Romanovna Makarova is a Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer. The History of Dance, published in 1981, notes that “her performances set standards of artistry and aristocracy of dance which mark her as the finest ballerina of her generation in the West.”more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet, Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky, Natasha: Natalia Makarova, The Glory of the Kirov, Minkus: La Bayadère: Teatro alla Scala, + more
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    Carolyn George was an American ballerina, photographer, and dance instructor.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1927-2009)
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Dance Instructor, Photographer
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    Phyllida Crowley Smith is an English ballerina, theatre actress and choreographer. Born on the Isle of Wight, England, she studied at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts. She won The Cosmopolitan Magazine Award for Best Younger Dancer at the age of 16. Theatre credits include Heathcliff, Andrew Lloyd ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Beyond the Sea, Cats
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