List of Famous Ballet Dancers People

List of Famous Ballet Dancers

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List of famous ballet dancers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ballet dancers in the world? This includes the most prominent ballet dancers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ballet dancers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ballet dancers 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 ballet dancers.

List features people like Agnes de Mille and Vaslav Nijinsky.

From reputable, prominent, and well known ballet dancers to the lesser known ballet dancers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ballet dancer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ballet dancers ever?" and "What are the names of famous ballet dancers?" then you're in the right place. (730 items)

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    Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic war film Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure/heist film National Treasure and its sequel, Bridget von Hammersmark in the Quentin Tarantino-directed war film Inglourious Basterds, Anna in the ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Algermissen, Germany
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Fashion Model, Actor
    • Credits: Inglourious Basterds, Troy, National Treasure, Mr. Nobody, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, + more
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    Laura Prepon is an American actress, known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. She is also known for the role of Hannah Daniels on the ABC drama October Road and her role as Alex Vause in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She has ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: USA, Watchung, New Jersey
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Orange Is the New Black, That '70s Show, Are You There, Chelsea?, Slackers, + more
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    Emily Irene VanCamp is a Canadian actress, known for her lead roles on the WB series Everwood, ABC series Brothers & Sisters, the ABC drama series Revenge and as Agent 13 / Sharon Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Port Perry, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor, Photographer
    • Credits: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Revenge, The Ring Two, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, + more
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    Lea Kathleen Thompson is an American actress, television director and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films she is known for include All the Right ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Howard the Duck, Red Dawn, + more
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    Yvonne Craig
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    Yvonne Joyce Craig is an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman, and as the Orion Marta in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Batman, Gidget, Mars Needs Women, Ski Party, Olivia, + more
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    Cyd Charisse
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    Cyd Charisse was an American actress and dancer. After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include Singin' in the Rain, The Band ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1922-2008)
    • Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: Singin' in the Rain, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Brigadoon, The Band Wagon, + more
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    Juliet Landau is an actress.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ed Wood, Justice League: Doom, The Grifters, Pump Up the Volume, + more
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    Tanit Phoenix is a South African fashion model and actress. She is best known for her swimwear and lingerie photo shoots after appearing in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2003 and in GQ magazine and FHM in the same year.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Lord of War, Safe House, Death Race 2, Death Race 3: Inferno, Lost Boys: The Thirst, + more
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    Jeremy Sheffield is an English actor and former professional ballet dancer. He is most noted for his roles in Holby City and Murder in Suburbia on television, as well as in the films Creep and The Wedding Date. He currently plays Patrick Blake in Hollyoaks.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Chelmsford, England
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Actor
    • Credits: Merlin, The Wedding Date, Last Chance Harvey, Hollyoaks, The Children, + more
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    Ron Reagan
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    Ronald Prescott "Ron" Reagan is a former talk radio host and political analyst for KIRO radio and later, Air America Radio, where he hosted his own daily three-hour show. He is a commentator and contributor to programming on the MSNBC cable news and commentary network. He is noted for his liberal views, ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: Sid & Marty Krofft's Red Eye Express, Connected: Coast to Coast, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, The Ron Reagan Show
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    Arthur Mitchell is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Among other awards, Mitchell has been recognized as a MacArthur Fellow, inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs.more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream
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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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    Agnes de Mille
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    Agnes Demille was the daughter of William C. DeMille.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1905-1993)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
    • Credits: Conversations About the Dance
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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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    Margery Beddow was an American actress, dancer, director and choreographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1931-2010)
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grosse Pointe
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Actor
    • Credits: Enchanted, Doubt, The Producers
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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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    Pola Negri
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    Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. She was the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and became one of the most popular actresses in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1897-1987)
    • Birthplace: Lipno, Poland
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Author, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Moon-Spinners, Hi Diddle Diddle, The Wildcat, Madame Dubarry, One Arabian Night, + more
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    Rex Howard Harrington, OC FRSC is a Greek-Canadian ballet dancer. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by York University and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
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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, USA, California
    • 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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    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: Latvia, Riga
    • 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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