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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. 

  • Maude Lloyd (16 August 1908 – 26 November 2004) was a South African ballet dancer and teacher who immigrated to England and became an important figure in early British ballet. She had a significant...  more
  • Melissa Hayden (born Mildred Herman, April 25, 1923, Toronto; died August 9, 2006, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was a Canadian ballerina at the New York City Ballet....  more
  • Alessandra Ferri (born 6 May 1963) is an Italian prima ballerina. She danced with the Royal Ballet (1980–1984), American Ballet Theatre (1985–2007) and La Scala Theatre Ballet (1992–2007) and as an...  more
  • Template:Education project Blanca Li, originally Blanca María Gutiérrez Ortiz was born in January 12, 1964 in Granada, Spain. She is a choreographer, film director, dancer and actress. She has...  more
  • Vera Alexeyevna Karalli (Russian: Вера Алексеевна Каралли; 27 July 1889 – 16 November 1972) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and silent film actress during the early years of the 20th...  more
  • Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya (Russian: Ольга Васильевна Лепешинская; 28 September [O.S. 15 September] 1916 – December 20, 2008) was a Soviet ballerina. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR...  more
  • Gelsey Kirkland (born December 29, 1952) is an American ballerina. Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age 15, at the invitation of George Balanchine. She was promoted to soloist in...  more
  • Valda Valkyrien (born Adele Eleonore Freed; September 30, 1895 – October 22, 1956) was a Danish prima ballerina and a silent film actress....  more
  • Tamara Toumanova (Russian: Тамара Туманова Georgian: თამარა თუმანოვა, Armenian: Թամար Թումանեան; 2 March 1919 – 29 May 1996) was a Russian-American prima ballerina and actress. A child of exiles in...  more
  • Nathalie Krassovska is a ballerina....  more
  • Phyllis Bedells (9 August 1893 – 2 May 1985) was an English ballerina and teacher. She studied with Bolm, Cecchetti, and Pavlova. From 1907 she was a dancer at the London Empire Theatre and became...  more
  • Margarete Wallmann or Wallman (aka Margarethe Wallmann, Margherita Wallman or Margarita Wallmann) (22 June or July 1901 or 1904 – 2 May 1992) was a ballerina, choreographer, stage designer, and opera...  more
  • Svetlana Yuryevna Zakharova (Ukrainian: Світлана Юріївна Захарова, Russian: Светлана Юрьевна Захарова) is a Russian prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet and an étoile of the La Scala Theatre...  more
  • Mirella Simoncini is a Dutch ballet teacher and journalist. After several years at the Art department of the Dutch broadcasting foundation Nederlandse Programma Stichting, she became a guestteacher...  more
  • Yosra El Lozy (Arabic: يسرا اللوزى‎, IPA: [ˈjosɾˤɑ lˈloːzi]), is an Egyptian actress. She has received many awards from regional and international film festivals. She has won various awards for her...  more
  • Tamiyo Kusakari (草刈 民代, Kusakari Tamiyo, born 10 May 1965) is a Japanese actress and former ballet dancer. In 1997 her portrayal of Mai Kishikawa in Shall We Dance? won a Japan Academy Prize for...  more
  • Irina Mikhailovna Baronova FRAD (Russian: Ири́на Миха́йловна Баро́нова; 13 March 1919 – 28 June 2008) was a Russian ballerina and actress who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de...  more
  • Leanne Faye Benjamin (born 13 July 1964) is a retired Australian ballet dancer who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London....  more
  • Julie Kent may refer to: Julie Kent (diver) (born 1965), retired Australian diver Julie Kent (dancer) (born 1969), American ballet dancer Julie Kent (sociologist) (born 1957), of the School of...  more
  • Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell, (born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle; 27 April 1969) is an English retired ballerina and a former judge on the BBC television dance contest Strictly Come...  more
  • Nadezhda Pavlova is a Russian Chuvash ballerina of the late 20th century, People's Artist of the USSR, People's Artist of the Chuvashia, professor....  more
  • Mia Slavenska (February 20, 1916 – October 5, 2002), birth name Mia Čorak, was a Croatian-born American prima ballerina. She formed the Slavenska Ballette Variante and, later, the Theatre Ballette....  more
  • Alina Cojocaru (born 27 May 1981) is a Romanian ballet dancer. As of November 2013, she is a principal dancer with the English National Ballet....  more
  • Karen Alexandria Kain, (born March 28, 1951) is a Canadian former ballet dancer, and the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada....  more
  • Alexandra Noel Ansanelli is an American ballet dancer....  more