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List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos

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List of famous ballerinas, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ballerinas in the world? This includes the most prominent ballerinas, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Ballet fans will also enjoy our lists on best ballet composers and celebrities who danced ballet. This list of notable ballerinas is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ballerinas were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned ballerinas.

This list of popular ballerinas and ballerinos has everything from Diana Vishneva to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Featuring American, Russian, British, and other ballet dancers, this list has it all!  

From reputable, prominent, and well known ballerinas to the lesser known ballerinas of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ballerina field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ballerinas ever?" and "What are the names of famous ballerinas?" then you're in the right place. 

  • Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Никола́евич Бары́шников, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil...  more

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  • Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ( NEWR-ee-ef, nyuurr-AY-ef; Tatar: Рудольф Хәмит улы Нуриев;...  more
  • Vaslav (or Vatslav) Nijinsky (; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč...  more
  • Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) was a Danish danseur, choreographer,...  more
  • Diana Viktorovna Vishneva (also trans. Vishnyova; Russian: Диа́на Ви́кторовна Вишнёва; born 13...  more
  • Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko (Spanish pronunciation: [aðaˈβel ɣeˈreɾo]; born July 18,...  more
  • Evelyn Hart

    Evelyn Hart is a Canadian ballerina and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet....  more
  • Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, (née Pyrke; 20 February 1926 – 1 July 2018) was an English...  more
  • Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova (Russian: Анна Павловна (Матвеевна) Павлова; February 12...  more
  • Roberto Bolle (born March 26, 1975 in Casale Monferrato) is an Italian danseur. He is...  more
  • Dame Alicia Markova DBE (1 December 1910–2 December 2004) was a British ballerina and a...  more
  • Austin Churton Fairman (15 November 1924 – 4 April 1997), who used the name Churton Fairman...  more
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn, DBE (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991), stage name of Margaret Evelyn de...  more
  • Rebecca Wright (5 December 1945, Springfield, Ohio – 29 January 2006, Chevy Chase, Maryland)...  more
  • Vera Zorina (January 2, 1917 – April 9, 2003), born Eva Brigitta Hartwig, was a Norwegian...  more
  • Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (17 January 1926 – 31 January 2006), was an internationally...  more
  • Suzanne Farrell (born August 16, 1945) is an American ballerina and the founder of the Suzanne...  more
  • Natalia Romanovna Makarova (Russian: Ната́лия Рома́новна Мака́рова, born 21 November 1940) is...  more
  • Carolyn George (September 6, 1927 – February 10, 2009) was an American ballerina,...  more
  • Phyllida Crowley Smith (born 9 December 1968) is an English ballerina, theatre actress and...  more
  • Zizi Jeanmaire (born Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire 29 April 1924) is a French ballet dancer and the...  more
  • Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova (Russian: Гали́на Серге́евна Ула́нова pronounced [ɡɐˈlʲinə...  more
  • Barbara was the older of two daughters born to Jewish parents in Germany's capital, Berlin....  more
  • Sulamith Mikhailovna Messerer, OBE (Russian: Сулами́фь Миха́йловна Мессере́р, August 27, 1908,...  more
  • Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Tall Chief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa; January 24, 1925 –...  more