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.
Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Actress
Mikhail BaryshnikovMikhail Baryshnikov
27 January 1948
Ballet Dancer

Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
10 July 1951
Actress

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress

Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
23 July 1970
Actress

Katherine LaNasaKatherine LaNasa
01 December 1966
Actress
Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982
Ballet Dancer

Julia Goldani TellesJulia Goldani Telles
18 March 1995
Actress

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer

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

Rochelle AytesRochelle Aytes
17 May 1976
Actress
Twyla TharpTwyla Tharp
01 July 1941
Dancer and Choreographer

Autumn MillerAutumn Miller
02 August 2001
Dancer, Actor, Model, YouTuber

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
Melanie HamrickMelanie Hamrick
1987 AD
Ballet Dancer

Elle DanjeanElle Danjean
04 May 2001
Ballet Dancer

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

Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
10 May 1959
Actress
Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
16 July 1958
Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Dancer

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
28 February 1944
Actress

Majandra DelfinoMajandra Delfino
20 February 1981
Actress

Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
08 March 1970
Actress
Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
13 October 1986
Ballet dancer
George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
22 January 1904
Choreographer

Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
24 January 1925
Ballet dancer

Robin AntinRobin Antin
06 July 1961
Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television

Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
29 March 1977
Choreographer, Actor
Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
13 February 1973
Choreographer, Actor

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Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
06 January 1995
Ballet dancer

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

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
16 August 1945
Ballet dancer

Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
07 May 1967
Ballet dancer
Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
29 June 1957
Actor, Ballet dancer

Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones
09 March 1955
Ballet dancer