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 listWhile 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 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 from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. ...more
Age: Died at 55 (1938-1993)
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russiasee more on Rudolf Nureyev
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 time and was admired for his seemingly gravity-defying leaps. Nijinsky was introduced to dance by his parents, who were senior dancers with the travelling Setov opera company, and his early childhood was spent touring with the company. His older brother Stanislav Fomitch and younger sister Bronislava Nijinska also became dancers. At age nine Nijinsky was accepted at the Imperial Ballet School in ...more
Age: Died at 60 (1890-1950)
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSRsee more on Vaslav Nijinsky
Erik Belton Evers Bruhn was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author. ...more
Age: Died at 58 (1928-1986)
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmarksee more on Erik Bruhn
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
Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italysee more on Roberto Bolle