List of Famous Ballet Masters

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List of famous ballet masters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ballet masters in the world? This includes the most prominent ballet masters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ballet masters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ballet masters 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 ballet masters.

This is a list that includes people like George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev.

From reputable, prominent, and well known ballet masters to the lesser known ballet masters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ballet master field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ballet masters ever?" and "What are the names of famous ballet masters?" then you're in the right place. (34 items)
Rudolf Nureyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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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, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women. Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. ...more on Wikipedia

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Frederick Ashton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton OM, CH, CBE was a British ballet dancer and choreographer. He also worked as a director and choreographer in opera, film and revue. Determined to be a dancer, despite the opposition of his conventional middle-class family, Ashton was accepted as a pupil by Leonide Massine and then by Marie Rambert. In 1926 Rambert encouraged him to try his hand at choreography, and though he continued to dance professionally, with success, it was as a choreographer that he became famous. Ashton was chief choreographer to Ninette de Valois, from 1935 until her retirement in 1963, in the company known successively as the Vic-Wells Ballet, the Sadler's Wells Ballet and ...more on Wikipedia

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George Balanchine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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George Balanchine was one of the 20th century's most prolific choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he took the standards and technique from his education at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he had adopted during his tenure as a guest choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature "neoclassical style". He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance and worked extensively with leading composers of his time like Igor Stravinsky. He was invited to America in 1933, by a young arts patron named Lincoln Kirstein who shared Balanchine's attitude regarding the importance of high quality ...more on Wikipedia

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Kenneth MacMillan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Ballet Masters
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Sir Kenneth MacMillan was a British ballet dancer and choreographer who was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977, and its principal choreographer from 1977 until his death. Earlier he had served as director of ballet for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He was also associate director of the American Ballet Theatre from 1984 to 1989, and artistic associate of the Houston Ballet from 1989 to 1992. From a family with no background of ballet or music, MacMillan was determined from an early age to become a dancer. The director of Sadler's Wells Ballet, Ninette de Valois, accepted him as a student and then a member of her company. In the late 1940s, MacMillan built a ...more on Wikipedia

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