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

Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith

10 July 1951

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland

10 September 1982

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov

28 November 1949

Martha GrahamMartha Graham

11 May 1894

Langston FishburneLangston Fishburne

14 December 1987

Rochelle AytesRochelle Aytes

17 May 1976

Twyla TharpTwyla Tharp

01 July 1941

Autumn MillerAutumn Miller

02 August 2001

Michael KiddMichael Kidd

12 August 1915

Agnes de MilleAgnes de Mille

18 September 1905

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Robert JoffreyRobert Joffrey

24 December 1930

Elle DanjeanElle Danjean

04 May 2001

Gianna NewborgGianna Newborg

20 November 1999

Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley

16 July 1958

Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston

13 October 1986

Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief

24 January 1925

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Robin AntinRobin Antin

06 July 1961

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel

13 February 1973

Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky

29 March 1977

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell

16 August 1945

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince

06 January 1995

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova

21 November 1940

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Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan

07 May 1967

Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne

29 June 1957

Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones

09 March 1955

Melanie HamrickMelanie Hamrick

1987 AD