Famous Female Ballerinas

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. 


  • Diana Viktorovna Vishneva (also trans. Vishnyova; Russian: Диа́на Ви́кторовна Вишнёва; born 13 July 1976) is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov Ballet).
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Adabel Guerrero
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko (Spanish pronunciation: [aðaˈβel ɣeˈreɾo]; born July 18, 1978), 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 television, magazine and theater appearances. Guerrero has worked as a television co-hostess and panelist, and is currently a panelist on El Chimentero 3.0. Guerrero has participated in multiple seasons of the Argentine version of Dancing with the Stars, Bailando por un Sueño, competing together with professional dancers Martín Whitecamp, Joel Ledesma, Reynaldo Ojeda and many others. She has also appeared on many spin-offs of the show.
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
  • Evelyn Hart

    Evelyn Hart is a Canadian ballerina and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
  • Tamara Rojo
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    Tamara Rojo CBE (born 17 May 1974) is a Spanish ballet dancer. She is the artistic director of the English National Ballet, as well as a lead principal dancer. She was previously a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
  • Dame Ninette de Valois (born Edris Stannus; 6 June 1898 – 8 March 2001) was an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director of classical ballet. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, later establishing the Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and one of the leading ballet companies in the world. She also established the Royal Ballet School and the touring company which became the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet and as the "godmother" of English and Irish ballet.
    • Age: Dec. at 102 (1898-2001)
    • Birthplace: Blessington, Republic of Ireland
  • Gillian Lynne
    Photo: Walter McBride / Getty Images
    Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, (née Pyrke; 20 February 1926 – 1 July 2018) was an English ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her theatre choreography associated with two of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. At age 87, she was made a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 New Year Honours List.
    • Age: 97
    • Birthplace: Bromley, England