American Women Ballet Dancers

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Throughout history, there have been many American women ballet dancers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great American female ballet dancers such as Misty Copeland, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Agnes de Mille, Isabella Boylston.
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Misty Copeland
(The First African-American Woman to Serve as the 'American Ballet Theatre' Company's Principal Dancer)
Misty Copeland
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Birthdate: 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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.
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Martha Graham
(Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style)
Martha Graham
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Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 1, 1991

Martha Graham was a modern dancer and choreographer who revolutionized American dance. She developed what later became known as the Graham technique, a modern dance movement style and pedagogy. She had an extensive career spanning over 70 years. The Martha Graham School, founded in 1926, is the oldest school of dance in USA.  

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

Maria Tallchief was an American ballet dancer. Widely regarded as America's first major prima ballerina, Tallchief is credited with revolutionizing ballet. A close associate of George Balanchine, Tallchief went on to become the first star in New York City Ballet, the company co-founded by Balanchine. A National Medal of Arts recipient, Tallchief also received other prestigious awards during her career.

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Amanda Schull
(Known for Her Lead Role in the Film 'Center Stage' and the TV Series 'Suits')
Amanda Schull
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Birthdate: August 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Amanda Schull is an American actress known for her portrayal of Jody Sawyer in the 2000 teen drama film Center Stage. A former professional ballet dancer, Schull has also played important roles in other dance-based films like Mao's Last Dancer.

 5 
Mayte Garcia
(Actress & Dancer Known as the World’s Youngest Professional Belly Dancer)
Mayte Garcia
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Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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Michaela DePrince
(Sierra Leonean-American Ballet Dancer)
Michaela DePrince
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Birthdate: January 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kenema, Sierra Leone

Michaela DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballerina and writer. She is credited with co-authoring a book titled Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Michaela DePrince achieved popularity in 2011 when she was featured in a documentary titled First Position, which follows her and other ballerinas as they prepare for the upcoming Youth America Grand Prix.

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Leslie Caron
(Actress & Dancer Known for Her Films: 'Lili' and 'The L-Shaped Room')
Leslie Caron
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Birthdate: July 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris, France
French-American actor Leslie Caron is best known for her BAFTA-winning roles in The L-Shaped Room and Lili. She has also won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. A seasoned actor, she began her career as a ballerina. She has also been a jury member at various international film festivals.
 8 
Yvonne Craig
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Batgirl/Barbara Gordon' in the 1960s Television Series 'Batman')
Yvonne Craig
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Birthdate: May 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 2015

Yvonne Craig was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Batgirl in the iconic 1960s TV series Batman. Such was her popularity that she was called a pioneer of female superheroes during the 1960s. Also remembered for her skills as a ballet dancer, Yvonne Craig's training as a ballerina helped her a lot while performing stunts in Batman.

 9 
Julia Goldani Telles
(Actress and Ballet Dancer)
Julia Goldani Telles
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Birthdate: March 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Julia Goldani Telles is an American ballet dancer and actress best known for portraying the role of Sasha Torres in a comedy-drama TV series titled Bunheads. Apart from playing prominent roles in films and TV series, Julia Goldani Telles has also appeared in a number of ballet performances, such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Sleeping Beauty.

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Katherine LaNasa
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Sitcom ‘Three Sisters’ and Films: ‘The Frozen Ground’, 'The Campaign')
Katherine LaNasa
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Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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.

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

S. E. Cupp is an American TV host, writer, and political commentator. As a writer, Cupp has contributed to several popular publications like The Washington Post, Maxim, and New York Daily News. A regular guest host on Fox News' talk show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Cupp has also hosted other talk shows like The Cycle.

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Isabella Boylston
(Ballet dancer)
Isabella Boylston
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Birthdate: October 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sun Valley

Isabella Boylston is an American ballerina who is part of the ballet company, American Ballet Theatre, where she is the current principal dancer. In 2009, she received the Princess Grace Award for her contribution as a dancer. Boylston is also known for her philanthropic efforts; in 2020, she participated in a fundraiser to help fellow dancers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Twyla Tharp
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Twyla Tharp
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Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland

Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, author, and choreographer. She is credited with founding Twyla Tharp Dance, which she formed in 1966. In 1976, Twyla Tharp choreographed Push Comes to Shove, which is now regarded as the finest example of crossover ballet. Twyla Tharp has received several prestigious awards, including two Emmy Awards and the National Medal of the Arts.

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

Robin Antin is an American dancer, actress, singer, entrepreneur, clothing designer, and choreographer. Antin is credited with founding the Pussycat Dolls, a modern burlesque troupe that went on to become famous. She is also credited with creating other popular girl groups like the Paradiso Girls, Girlicious, and G.R.L. As a choreographer, she has worked with well-known personalities like Paris Hilton.

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Agnes de Mille
(American dancer and choreographer)
Agnes de Mille
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Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 7, 1993
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Suzanne Farrell
(Ballet dancer)
Suzanne Farrell
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Birthdate: August 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cincinnati
 17 
Wendy Whelan
(Ballet dancer)
Wendy Whelan
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Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville
 18 
Irina Dvorovenko
(Ukrainian-American Actress and Former Ballet Dancer)
Irina Dvorovenko
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Birthdate: August 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union USSR
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Gelsey Kirkland
(Ballet dancer)
Gelsey Kirkland
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Birthdate: December 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
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Leslie Browne
(Actor, Ballet dancer)
Leslie Browne
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Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
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Nora Kaye
(Ballerina)
Nora Kaye
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Birthdate: January 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 28, 1987
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Janet Collins
(Ballet Dancer)
Janet Collins
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Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003
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Gillian Murphy
(Ballet dancer)
Gillian Murphy
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Birthdate: April 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
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Viper
(Pornographic actress)
Viper
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Birthdate: September 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 24, 2010
 25 
Alexandra Danilova
(Russian-American Ballet Dancer)
Alexandra Danilova
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Birthdate: November 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Petergof, Russia
Died: July 13, 1997

Born in Russia, ballerina Alexandra Danilova later became an American citizen. Best known for her role in the film The Turning Point, she had also taught at the School of American Ballet. She was associated with both the Ballets Russes and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

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Marjorie Tallchief
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Birthdate: October 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
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Phyllis Hill
(Ballet dancer, Actress)
Phyllis Hill
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Birthdate: October 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 1993
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Pearl Lang
(Dancer)
Pearl Lang
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Birthdate: May 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 24, 2009
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Tamara Geva
(Ballet Dancer, Actress and Choreographer & Wife of Ballet Dancer George Balanchine)
Tamara Geva
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Birthdate: March 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 9, 1997

Tamara Geva was a Russian-born American ballet dancer, choreographer, and actress. The first wife of popular Georgian-American choreographer George Balanchine, Geva was instrumental in Balanchine's success in his early life. Apart from performing with her husband, Tamara Geva also danced in Sergei Diaghilev's popular dance company the Ballet Russes. She also choreographed several popular Broadway shows throughout her illustrious career.

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Patricia McBride
(Ballerina)
Patricia McBride
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Birthdate: August 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
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Heidi Guenther
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Birthdate: January 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 30, 1997
 32 
Eva Evdokimova
(Ballerina)
Eva Evdokimova
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Birthdate: December 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 3, 2009
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Yvonne Chouteau
(Ballerina)
Yvonne Chouteau
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Birthdate: March 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 24, 2016
 34 
Cynthia Gregory
(Prima Ballerina)
Cynthia Gregory
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Birthdate: July 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Albertina Rasch
(Austrian-born American Dancer, Choreographer, and Company Director)
Albertina Rasch
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Birthdate: January 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 2, 1967

Albertina Rasch was an Austrian-born American dancer, choreographer, and company director. After starting her career in Vienna at age 14, Rasch moved to the USA to exploit the American dance craze of the early 1910s. Albertina Rasch went on to become one of the most important dancers at the Century Opera Company before opening her own dance studio in 1923.

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Diana Adams
(Dancer)
Diana Adams
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Birthdate: March 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: January 10, 1993
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Rosella Hightower
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Birthdate: January 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Durwood, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 4, 2008
 38 
Tatiana Riabouchinska
(Russian-American Prima Ballerina and Teacher)
Tatiana Riabouchinska
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Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 24, 2000

Tatiana Riabouchinska was a ballet dancer and teacher. Riabouchinska achieved popularity at the age of 14 when she became associated with the Original Ballet Russe as one of the three Baby Ballerinas along with Irina Baronova and Tamara Toumanova. Later in her career, Riabouchinska became known as one of the most unusual dancers because of her unique technique and style.

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Mia Slavenska
(Ballerina)
Mia Slavenska
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Birthdate: February 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Died: October 5, 2002
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Rebecca Wright
(American ballerina)
Rebecca Wright
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Birthdate: December 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
Died: January 29, 2006
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Malika Kalontarova
(Queen of Tajik and Oriental Dance)
Malika Kalontarova
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Birthdate: September 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Sterling Hyltin
(Ballet Dancer)
Sterling Hyltin
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Birthdate: July 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
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Vera Maxwell
(Fashion designer)
Vera Maxwell
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Birthdate: April 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 15, 1995
 44 
Nina Popova
(Ballet dancer)
Nina Popova
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Birthdate: October 20, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novorossiysk, Russia
Died: August 7, 2020

Nina Popova was an American ballerina who was associated with many popular ballet companies like the Original Ballet Russe, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Later in her career, Popova established herself as a teacher. Nina Popova was also associated with the Houston Ballet and served as its Artistic Director from 1967 to 1975.

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Janet Reed
(Ballerina)
Janet Reed
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Birthdate: September 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tolo, Oregon, United States
Died: February 28, 2000
 46 
Mary Day
(Dance teacher and artistic director)
Mary Day
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Birthdate: January 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 11, 2006
 47 
Sallie Wilson
(Ballerina)
Sallie Wilson
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: April 27, 2008
 48 
Dorothy Alexander
(Ballet Dancer)
Dorothy Alexander
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Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: November 17, 1986
 49 
Mary Ann Lee
(Ballerina)
Mary Ann Lee
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Birthdate: 1824
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 25, 1899
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Pauline Koner
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Birthdate: June 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 8, 2001