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List of famous male ballerinas, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male ballerinas list contains the most prominent and top males known for being ballerinas. There are thousand of males working as ballerinas in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic ballerinas have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a ballerina then the people below should give you inspiration.

Johan Kobborg and Erik Bruhn are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

While this isn't a list of all male ballerinas, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male ballerinas?" and "Who are the best male ballerinas?"
Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Ballerinas
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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

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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Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Ballerinas
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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 ...more

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) 3 on the list Famous Male Ballerinas
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Erik Belton Evers Bruhn was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author. ...more

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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Roberto Bolle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Ballerinas
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Roberto Bolle is an Italian danseur. He is currently a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and also holds guest artist status with The Royal Ballet and La Scala Theatre Ballet, making regular appearances with both companies. ...more

Age: 42

Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy

Profession: Ballet Dancer

Credits: Minkus: La Bayadère: Teatro alla Scala, Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Teatro alla Scala, Adam: Giselle: Teatro alla Scala

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