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Famous Male Ballet Dancers

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

Examples of male ballerinas (ballerinos) on this list include Rudolf Nureyev, Mikail Baryshnikov, and more. Featuring the most popular Russian, English, and other male ballet dancers, this list has many recognizable names. 

While this isn't a list of all male ballet dancers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male ballet dancers?" and "Who are the best male ballet dancers?"


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    Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1928-1986)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Hans Christian Andersen, Giselle (American Ballet Theatre)
  • Roberto Bolle (born March 26, 1975 in Casale Monferrato) is an Italian danseur. He is currently a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and a principal dancer étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet. Bolle also dances regularly as a guest artist with the world’s leading companies, including The Royal Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet....  more
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Schools: Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala
    • 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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    Roshon Bernard Fegan (born October 6, 1991), mononymously known as Roshon (stylized as ROSHON, formerly stylized as RO SHON), is an American actor, rapper, and dancer. He is best known for his role as Ty Blue on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up and for his role as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel movie franchise Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. He writes and produces his own music as well as working with the president of Lava/Universal Republic. In 2012, Roshon appeared on Dancing with the Stars. ...  more
    • Age: 29
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Dancer
    • Schools: Hollywood High School
    • Credits: Spider-Man 2, Shake It Up, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Drillbit Taylor
  • Benjamin Millepied (French pronunciation: ​[bɛ̃.ʒa.mɛ᷉ mil.pje]; born 10 June 1977) is a French dancer and choreographer, who has lived and worked in the United States after joining the New York City Ballet in 1995, where he became a soloist in 1998 and a principal in 2002. He has also created choreography for the company, and choreographed pieces for other major companies. He retired from NYCB in 2011. He initiated the LA Dance Project, leading it from 2011 to 2014. He was Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet from October 2014 and resigned in 2016. He may be most widely known for his work in the movie Black Swan (2010), for which he choreographed the dances and in which he starred...  more
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, Bordeaux, France, Aquitaine
    • Nationality: France
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: School of American Ballet
    • Credits: Black Swan, Barbie in the Nutcracker, Time Doesn't Stand Still