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List of famous female ballerinas, featuring bios and photos when available. This female ballerinas list contains the most prominent and top females known for being ballerinas. You might also be interested in famous male ballet dancers and celebrities who danced ballet. The female ballerinas of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as ballerinas in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

Everyone from Galina Ulanova to Misty Copeland is included on this list of popular female ballet dancers. Featuring Russian, Spanish, Italian, and more, this list has many familiar names in the ballet world. 

While this isn't a list of all female ballerinas, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female ballerinas in the world?" and "Who are the best female ballerinas?"

The most notable female ballerinas in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female ballerinas. If you want to share these historic female ballerinas you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 

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Lauren Anderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Lauren Anderson is an American ballet dancer and a former principal dancer with the Houston Ballet. In 1990, she was the first African American ballerina to become a principal for a major dance company, an important milestone in American ballet. ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Ballet Dancer

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Margot Fonteyn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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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

Age: Died at 72 (1919-1991)

Birthplace: England, Reigate

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 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Rebecca Wright was an American ballerina, teacher, choreographer and ballet school director. ...more

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 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Female Ballerinas
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Vera Zorina was a German ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer. ...more

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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