Dance 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 Baryshnikov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in the Soviet Union, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf ...more

Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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, ...more

Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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 ...more

Erik Bruhn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Erik Belton Evers Bruhn was a Danish danseur, choreographer, artistic director, actor, and author.

Diana Vishneva is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Diana Vishneva is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Vishneva was born in St. Petersburg and was trained ...more

Adabel Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko, better known simply as Adabel Guerrero, is an Argentine professional theater and burlesque dancer, actress, and supervedette, who has also dabbled as a ...more

Evelyn Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Evelyn Hart is a Canadian ballerina and former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Gillian Lynne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical ...more

Anna Pavlova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei ...more

Roberto Bolle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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 ...more

Alicia Markova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Dame Alicia Markova DBE was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring ...more

Mike Raven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Austin Churton Fairman, 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 disc jockey, actor, sculptor, ...more

Margot Fonteyn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE, was an English ballerina. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with The ...more

Rebecca Wright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Rebecca Wright was an American ballerina, teacher, choreographer and ballet school director.

Vera Zorina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Vera Zorina was a German ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer.

Moira Shearer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy, was an internationally renowned British ballet dancer and actress.

Suzanne Farrell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Suzanne Farrell is an eminent 20th-century ballerina and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Natalia Makarova is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Natalia Romanovna Makarova is a Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer. The History of Dance, published in 1981, notes that “her performances set standards of artistry and ...more

Carolyn George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Carolyn George was an American ballerina, photographer, and dance instructor.

Phyllida Crowley Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Phyllida Crowley Smith is an English ballerina, theatre actress and choreographer. Born on the Isle of Wight, England, she studied at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts. She won The ...more

Zizi Jeanmaire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Zizi Jeanmaire was a singer, dancer, ballerina,and actress.

Galina Ulanova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Galina Sergeyevna Ulánova was a Russian ballet dancer. She is frequently cited as being one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

Barbara Ledermann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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 Messerer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Sulamith Mikhailovna Messerer, OBE was a Russian ballerina and choreographer who laid the foundations for the classical ballet in Japan. Sulamith studied in the Moscow Ballet School under Vasily ...more

Maria Tallchief is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Tall Chief was considered America's first major prima ballerina, and was the first Native American to hold the rank. Almost from birth, Tall Chief was involved ...more

Maude Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Maude Lloyd was a South African ballerina and dance critic. Maude Lloyd was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied classical ballet there under Helen Webb. She came to London in 1926 to ...more

Melissa Hayden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Melissa Hayden was a Canadian ballerina at the New York City Ballet.

Alessandra Ferri is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Alessandra Ferri is a retired Italian prima ballerina assoluta. She danced with the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet and as an international guest artist, before ...more

Blanca Li is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Blanca Li is a choreographer, film director, dancer and actress from Granada, Spain. She has created choreographies for the Paris Opera Ballet, The Berlin Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, for ...more

Vera Karalli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Vera Alexeyevna Karalli was a notable Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and silent film actress during the early years of the 20th century.

Olga Lepeshinskaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya was a Soviet ballerina. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1951.

Gelsey Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Gelsey Kirkland is an American ballerina. Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet in 1968 at age fifteen, at the invitation of George Balanchine. She was promoted to soloist in 1969 and ...more

Valda Valkyrien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Valda Valkyrien was a Danish prima ballerina and a silent film actress.

Tamara Toumanova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Tamara Toumanova was a prominent Russian American prima ballerina and actress. A child of exiles in Paris after the Russian Revolution of 1917, she made her debut at the age of 10 at the ...more

Nathalie Krassovska is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Nathalie Krassovska is a ballerina.

Phyllis Bedells is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Phyllis Bedells 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 the first British prima ...more

Margarete Wallmann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Margarete Wallmann or Wallman was a ballerina, choreographer, stage designer, and opera director.

Svetlana Zakharova is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Svetlana Zakharova is a prima ballerina with both the Bolshoi Ballet and the La Scala Theatre Ballet.

Mirella Simoncini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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 ...more

Yosra El Lozy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Yosra El Lozy Various spellings include Yousra Ellozi, Youssra El Lozy, and Yusra El Lawzi, is a film actress. She has received many awards from regional and international film festivals.

Tamiyo Kusakari is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Tamiyo Kusakari is a Japanese dancer for the Maki Asami Ballet Company. In 1987, she made her debut as Odette in Swan Lake.

Irina Baronova is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Irina Mikhailovna Baronova FRAD was a Russian ballerina and actress who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. ...more

Leanne Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Leanne Faye Benjamin AM OBE is a retired Australian ballet dancer who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.

Julie Kent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Julie Kent is an American ballet dancer; she currently performs as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

Darcey Bussell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Darcey Andrea Bussell CBE is a retired English ballerina. Trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School, she started her professional ballet career at Sadlers Wells Royal ...more

Nadezhda Pavlova is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
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.

Mia Slavenska is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Mia Slavenska, birth name Mia Čorak, was a Croatian-born American prima ballerina. She formed the Slavenska Ballette Variante and, later, the Theatre Ballette. In 1954, she became the prima ...more

Alina Cojocaru is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Alina Cojocaru is a Romanian ballet dancer. As of November 2013, she is a principal dancer with the English National Ballet.

Karen Kain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Karen Alexandria Kain, CC is a retired Canadian ballet dancer, and currently the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

Alexandra Ansanelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Ballerinas & Ballerinos
Alexandra Noel Ansanelli is an American ballet dancer. She was born in Manhassett, Long Island. Her mother, Linda Ansanelli, is the daughter of the late Jack and Esther Young. Jack Young, stage ...more