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

This is a list that includes people like George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev.

From reputable, prominent, and well known ballet masters to the lesser known ballet masters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ballet master field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ballet masters ever?" and "What are the names of famous ballet masters?" then you're in the right place. (34 items)
Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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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

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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Frederick Ashton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton OM, CH, CBE was a British ballet dancer and choreographer. He also worked as a director and choreographer in opera, film and revue. Determined to be a dancer, despite the opposition of his conventional middle-class family, Ashton was accepted as a pupil by ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1904-1988)

Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Profession: Ballet master, Choreographer

Credits: The Tales of Hoffmann, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet: Cinderella

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George Balanchine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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George Balanchine was one of the 20th century's most prolific choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he took the standards and technique from his education at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he had adopted during his tenure as a guest ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1904-1983)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Ballet master, Choreographer

Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Kenneth MacMillan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Sir Kenneth MacMillan was a British ballet dancer and choreographer who was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977, and its principal choreographer from 1977 until his death. Earlier he had served as director of ballet for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He was also ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1929-1992)

Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Profession: Ballet master, Choreographer, Dancer

Credits: Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet: Cinderella, Winter Dreams

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Tatiana Stepanova is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Tatiana Victorovna Stepanova, also Tetyana Stepanova, is a Ballet master, choreographer, ballet dancer, critic, essayist and historian of the dance. ...more

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master, Choreographer, Essayist

Credits: The Debut, Svyato

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Marius Petipa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Victor Marius Alphonse Petipa was a French ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer. Petipa is considered to be the most influential ballet master and choreographer of ballet. Marius Petipa is noted for his long career as premier maître de ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, a position ...more

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Age: Died at 92 (1818-1910)

Birthplace: Marseille, France

Profession: Ballet master, Choreographer

Credits: Don Quixote

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Olga Lepeshinskaya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya was a Soviet ballerina. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1951. ...more

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Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master

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Fabritio Caroso is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Fabritio Caroso da Sermoneta was an Italian Renaissance dancing master and a composer or transcriber of dance music. His dance manual Il Ballarino was published in 1581, with a subsequent edition, significantly different, Nobiltà di Dame, printed in 1600 and again after his death in 1630. The work ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1526-1600)

Birthplace: Lazio, Province of Latina, Europe, Eurasia Italy, + more

Profession: Scholar, Ballet master, Composer

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