Pointed shoes, tutu dress and graceful movements – ballet dance can get you swooned. But this right-out-from-the heaven-seeming dance form isn’t all hunky-dory – years of dedication, passion, concentration and coordination are just telling signs of becoming a ballet dancer. There is a lot of strength involved as dancers are required to have stamina, endurance, power, flexibility, precision, posture, sense of rhythm and gross motor skills to become the best. Having it roots well laid during the Italian Renaissance period, ballet dance evolved and spread across the globe. Interestingly, once a male-dominated dance form, ballet soon opened its doors to women in the 17th century. Ballet reached the American shores during the 19th century. George Balanchine is credited for opening the first state-of-art ballet school in America. Since then, the dance form rose in popularity as more and more people, both men and women, got involved in the dance form. Over the years, America has produced some of the finest and world-class ballet performers. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julie Kent, David Hallberg, Isabella Boylston, Ethan Stiefel, Susan Jaffe, Gillian Murphy are some of many American ballet wonders. Misty Copeland, the current principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, is the first African American woman to enjoy the position. Check this section to know about famous American ballet dancers.
Mikhail BaryshnikovMikhail Baryshnikov
27 January 1948
Ballet Dancer
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
23 July 1970
Actress

Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
10 July 1951
Actress

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982
Ballet Dancer

Katherine LaNasaKatherine LaNasa
01 December 1966
Actress

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress
Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Actress

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer

Rochelle AytesRochelle Aytes
17 May 1976
Actress
Julia Goldani TellesJulia Goldani Telles
18 March 1995
Actress

Martha GrahamMartha Graham
11 May 1894
Modern dancer and choreographer
Langston FishburneLangston Fishburne
14 December 1987
Actor

Twyla TharpTwyla Tharp
01 July 1941
Dancer and Choreographer

Agnes de MilleAgnes de Mille
18 September 1905
American dancer and choreographer

Michael KiddMichael Kidd
12 August 1915
Choreographer, Ballet Dancer

Robert JoffreyRobert Joffrey
24 December 1930
Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet
Autumn MillerAutumn Miller
02 August 2001
Dancer, Actor, Model, YouTuber

Elle DanjeanElle Danjean
04 May 2001
Ballet Dancer

Melanie HamrickMelanie Hamrick
1987 AD
Ballet Dancer

Gianna NewborgGianna Newborg
20 November 1999
Dancer
Amanda SchullAmanda Schull
26 August 1978
Actress

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
28 February 1944
Actress
Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
16 July 1958
Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Dancer

Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
10 May 1959
Actress

Yvonne Joyce CraigYvonne Craig
16 May 1937
Ballet dancer
Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
13 October 1986
Ballet dancer

Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
08 March 1970
Actress
George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
22 January 1904
Choreographer

Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
29 March 1977
Choreographer, Actor

Robin AntinRobin Antin
06 July 1961
Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television
Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
13 February 1973
Choreographer, Actor

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Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
24 January 1925
Ballet dancer
Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
06 January 1995
Ballet dancer

Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
20 August 1959
Gymnastics coach

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
21 November 1940
Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Ballet master, Actor

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
16 August 1945
Ballet dancer
Justin PeckJustin Peck
08 September 1987
Choreographer
Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
07 May 1967
Ballet dancer

Michel FokineMichel Fokine
23 April 1880
Choreographer

Edward VillellaEdward Villella
01 October 1936
Choreographer

Erick HawkinsErick Hawkins
23 April 1909
Choreographer
Eliot FeldEliot Feld
05 July 1942
Choreographer

Nora KayeNora Kaye
17 January 1920
Ballerina

Patricia McBridePatricia McBride
23 August 1942
Ballerina

Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
29 June 1957
Actor, Ballet dancer

Pearl LangPearl Lang
20 May 1921
Dancer
Janet CollinsJanet Collins
07 March 1917
Ballet Dancer

Vera ZorinaVera Zorina
02 January 1917
Actress
Roland PetitRoland Petit
13 January 1924
Dancer and choreographer

John NeumeierJohn Neumeier
24 February 1939
Ballet dancer

Mary DayMary Day
25 January 1910
Dance teacher and artistic director
Alexandra DanilovaAlexandra Danilova
20 November 1903
Ballerina

Alexei RatmanskyAlexei Ratmansky
27 August 1968
Choreographer
Marjorie TallchiefMarjorie Tallchief
19 October 1926
Ballerina

Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones
09 March 1955
Ballet dancer

Bella LewitzkyBella Lewitzky
13 January 1916
Choreographer

Eva EvdokimovaEva Evdokimova
01 December 1948
Ballerina

Yvonne ChouteauYvonne Chouteau
07 March 1929
Ballerina
Cynthia GregoryCynthia Gregory
08 July 1946
Prima Ballerina

Albertina RaschAlbertina Rasch
19 January 1891
Dancer

Rosella HightowerRosella Hightower
10 January 1920
Ballerina

Diana AdamsDiana Adams
29 March 1926
Dancer
Sterling HyltinSterling Hyltin
08 July 1985
Ballet Dancer

Francisco MoncionFrancisco Moncion
06 July 1918
Choreographer
Jackson HainesJackson Haines
1840 AD
Ballet Dancer

Gerald ArpinoGerald Arpino
14 January 1923
Choreographer

Michael SmuinMichael Smuin
13 October 1938
Ballet dancer
Vera MaxwellVera Maxwell
22 April 1901
Fashion designer

Richard CragunRichard Cragun
05 October 1944
Ballet Dancer
Glen TetleyGlen Tetley
03 February 1926
Dancer

Mia SlavenskaMia Slavenska
20 February 1916
Ballerina

Willam ChristensenWillam Christensen
27 August 1902
Dancer
Bertram RossBertram Ross
14 November 1920
Dancer

Mark MorrisMark Morris
29 August 1956
Dancer
John TarasJohn Taras
18 April 1919
Ballet Master

Gisella CaccialanzaGisella Caccialanza
17 September 1914
Ballerina

Leon DanielianLeon Danielian
31 October 1920
Ballet Dancer

William DollarWilliam Dollar
20 April 1907
Dancer
Sallie WilsonSallie Wilson
1932 AD
Ballerina
Pauline KonerPauline Koner
26 June 1912
Dancer

Suzanne DouvillierSuzanne Douvillier
28 September 1778
Ballerina

Benjamin HarkarvyBenjamin Harkarvy
16 December 1930
Choreographer

Lawrence RhodesLawrence Rhodes
24 November 1939
Ballet Director
Stanley HoldenStanley Holden
27 January 1928
Ballet Dancer

Ruthanna BorisRuthanna Boris
18 March 1919
Ballerina

Dorothy AlexanderDorothy Alexander
22 April 1904
Ballet Dancer

Harold ChristensenHarold Christensen
25 December 1904
Choreographer

Ruth CurrierRuth Currier
04 January 1926
Dancer
Albert EvansAlbert Evans
29 December 1968
Ballet Dancer

Jacques d'AmboiseJacques d'Amboise
28 July 1934
Choreographer