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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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) 3 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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) 4 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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: 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: 37
    • Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Actor, Dancer
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    Evelyn Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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: 59
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Capote, Swan Lake: Tchaikovsky
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    Gillian Lynne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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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: 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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