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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. 

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  • Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Никола́евич Бары́шников, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil bɐrɨʂˈnʲɪkəf]; Latvian: Mihails Barišņikovs; born January 27, 1948), nicknamed "Misha" (Russian diminutive...  more

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  • Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ( NEWR-ee-ef, nyuurr-AY-ef; Tatar: Рудольф Хәмит улы Нуриев; Russian: Рудо́льф Хаме́тович Нуре́ев, IPA: [rʊˈdolʲf nʊˈrʲejɪf]; 17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet...  more
  • Vaslav (or Vatslav) Nijinsky (; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč Nižínskij, IPA: [ˈvatsləf fɐˈmʲitɕ nʲɪˈʐɨnskʲɪj]; Polish: Wacław Niżyński, IPA: [ˈvatswaf ɲiˈʐɨj̃skʲi]; 12 March...  more
  • Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (3 October 1928 – 1 April 1986) was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author....  more
  • Diana Viktorovna Vishneva (also trans. Vishnyova; Russian: Диа́на Ви́кторовна Вишнёва; born 13 July 1976) is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet...  more
  • Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko (Spanish pronunciation: [aðaˈβel ɣeˈreɾo]; born July 18, 1978), better known simply as Adabel Guerrero, is an Argentine professional theater and burlesque dancer,...  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 ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her theatre choreography...  more
  • Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova (Russian: Анна Павловна (Матвеевна) Павлова; February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 — January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Dame Alicia Markova DBE (1 December 1910–2 December 2004) was a British ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's...  more
  • Austin Churton Fairman (15 November 1924 – 4 April 1997), who used the name Churton Fairman but was more widely known under the pseudonym Mike Raven in the 1960s and early 1970s, was a British radio...  more
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn, DBE (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991), stage name of Margaret Evelyn de Arias, was an English ballerina. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet (formerly...  more
  • Rebecca Wright (5 December 1945, Springfield, Ohio – 29 January 2006, Chevy Chase, Maryland) was an American ballerina, teacher, choreographer and ballet school director....  more
  • Vera Zorina (January 2, 1917 – April 9, 2003), born Eva Brigitta Hartwig, was a Norwegian ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer. Today, she is chiefly remembered for her films...  more
  • Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (17 January 1926 – 31 January 2006), was an internationally renowned British ballet dancer and actress....  more
  • Suzanne Farrell (born August 16, 1945) is an American ballerina and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Farrell began her ballet training at the age of...  more
  • Natalia Romanovna Makarova (Russian: Ната́лия Рома́новна Мака́рова, born 21 November 1940) is a Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer. The History of Dance, published in 1981, notes...  more
  • Carolyn George (September 6, 1927 – February 10, 2009) was an American ballerina, photographer, and dance instructor....  more
  • Phyllida Crowley Smith (born 9 December 1968) is an English ballerina, theatre actress and choreographer. Born in Stoke and grew up in the Isle of Wight and studied at the Bush Davies School of...  more
  • Zizi Jeanmaire (born Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire 29 April 1924) is a French ballet dancer and the widow of renowned dancer and choreographer Roland Petit. She became famous in the 1950s after playing...  more
  • Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova (Russian: Гали́на Серге́евна Ула́нова pronounced [ɡɐˈlʲinə ʊˈlanəvə], 8 January 1910 [O.S. 26 December 1909] – 21 March 1998) was a Russian ballet dancer. She is...  more
  • Barbara was the older of two daughters born to Jewish parents in Germany's capital, Berlin. Barbara's father was a successful lawyer. As soon as Barbara was old enough to walk, he would take her...  more
  • Sulamith Mikhailovna Messerer, OBE (Russian: Сулами́фь Миха́йловна Мессере́р, August 27, 1908, Moscow – June 3, 2004, London) was a Russian ballerina and choreographer who laid the foundations for...  more
  • Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Tall Chief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa; January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American ballerina. She was considered America's first major prima ballerina, and...  more