Famous American Ballet Dancers

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.

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 1 Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov.
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: January 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga

Latvian-born Russian-American dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov was a prominent male classical dancer of the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Latvian SSR, he moved to America where he joined the New York City Ballet. Within years, he became one of the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancers in the world. He is also a dramatic actor.

 2 Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Suffern, New York
Valerie Harper is best remembered as Rhoda Morgenstern from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, with the role winning her four Emmys. She also hosted Nova and was seen as Valerie Hogan in the sitcom Valerie. She also earned a Tony nomination for the play Looped.

 3 Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Charisma Carpenter is best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel; Lacy from The Expendables film franchise; and Beth Sullivan from the Josh Kirby... Time Warrior! movie series. She has also posed for Playboy and appeared in the series Charmed and Veronica Mars.

 4 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland.
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is known for her association with American Ballet Theatre and is the first Black woman to become the principal dancer there. She also gained fame as a public speaker and stage performer. Named to Time 100, she has also written a memoir and narrated a documentary.

 5 Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 6 Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri

Phyllis Smith is an American actress best known for portraying Phyllis Vance in the popular mockumentary TV series, The Office, for which she received a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also known for her skills as a voice actress, Smith was honored with the prestigious Annie Award for voicing Sadness in the 2015 computer-animated comedy film, Inside Out.

 7 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

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 8 S. E. Cupp

S. E. Cupp
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: February 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oceanside, California, U.S.

 9 Katherine LaNasa

Katherine LaNasa.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Katherine LaNasa is an American actress known for her starring roles in films like The Campaign and Jayne Mansfield's Car. A former ballet dancer and choreographer, LaNasa started dancing at the age of 12. During the late-1980s, LaNasa assisted choreographer John Carrafa for the 1989 crime and dance drama film Rooftops.

 10 Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

 11 Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Joyce Craig
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: May 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 2015

 12 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 13 Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

 14 Julia Goldani Telles

Julia Goldani Telles.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 15 Martha Graham

Martha Graham.
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Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny County
Died: April 1, 1991

 16 Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monterey County, California, USA

 17 Langston Fishburne

Langston Fishburne.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

 18 Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: October 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sun Valley

 19 Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfax
Died: April 11, 2013

 20 Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp.
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland

 21 Sascha Radetsky

Sascha Radetsky
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Famous As: Choreographer, Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Cruz

 22 Robin Antin

Robin Antin
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter, Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 23 Ethan Stiefel

Ethan Stiefel
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Famous As: Choreographer, Actor
Birthdate: February 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tyrone

 24 Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne Farrell
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: August 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cincinnati

 25 Valorie Kondos Field

Valorie Kondos Field
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Famous As: Gymnastics coach
Birthdate: August 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

 26 Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille.
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Famous As: American dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 7, 1993

 27 Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville

 28 Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd.
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Famous As: Choreographer, Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: August 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 23, 2007

 29 Justin Peck

Justin Peck
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 30 Leslie Browne

Leslie Browne
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Famous As: Actor, Ballet dancer
Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 31 Janet Collins

Janet Collins
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003

 32 Eliot Feld

Eliot Feld
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: July 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 33 Edward Villella

Edward Villella
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: October 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bayside, New York, United States

 34 Nora Kaye

Nora Kaye
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: January 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 28, 1987

 35 Erick Hawkins

Erick Hawkins
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: April 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trinidad, Colorado, United States
Died: November 23, 1994

 36 Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: August 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States

 37 Marjorie Tallchief

Marjorie Tallchief
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: October 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 38 Pearl Lang

Pearl Lang
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 24, 2009

 39 John Neumeier

John Neumeier
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: February 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

 40 Robert Joffrey

Robert Joffrey.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet
Birthdate: December 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: March 25, 1988

 41 Albert Evans

Albert Evans
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 22, 2015

 42 Yvonne Chouteau

Yvonne Chouteau
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: March 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 24, 2016

 43 Ruth Page

Ruth Page
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 7, 1991

 44 Cynthia Gregory

Cynthia Gregory
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Famous As: Prima Ballerina
Birthdate: July 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 45 Fernando Bujones

Fernando Bujones
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: March 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: November 10, 2005

 46 Rosella Hightower

Rosella Hightower
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: January 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Durwood, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 4, 2008

 47 Mark Morris

Mark Morris
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 48 Diana Adams

Diana Adams
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: January 10, 1993

 49 Gerald Arpino

Gerald Arpino
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: October 29, 2008

 50 Bella Lewitzky

Bella Lewitzky
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 16, 2004