List of famous ballet dancers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Who among us has not admired those beautiful and elegant ballerinas skillfully gliding across the dance floor swaying to melodious music? Ballet dancers are the individuals who practice the art of ballet, a type of performance dance that originated in Italy during the Renaissance period. Classical ballet, though one of the most prestigious forms of dance is also a very demanding one. A ballet dancer’s career is fleeting—it begins early and ends early. A typical ballet dancer has a very grueling schedule. They go through years of rigorous training, hours of rehearsals and classes, and harsh physical demands. It is such a demanding career that only the ones with an intense passion for the art form can persevere in this field. Anna Pavlova, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated ballet dancers ever, was renowned for her role of the Dying Swan which immortalized her. Vaslav Nijinsky who performed during the early 20th century was counted among the greatest male ballet dancers for his magnificent leaps and intense characterization. Russian actor Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov is also counted along Nijinsky as one of the greatest male ballet dancers. Even though ballet dancers have a brief career, they get to enjoy tremendous face and acclaim within this short period. Browse on to learn about the famous ballet dancers who have left their marks on the dance world.

Sonoya Mizuno Sonoya Mizuno
Japanese, British

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American

Glynis Johns Glynis Johns
South African

Alexander Godunov Alexander Godunov
American, Russian

Linda Park Linda Park
South Korean

Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp
American

Rina Lipa Rina Lipa
British

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Amanda SchullAmanda Schull
American

Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
American

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
American
Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
American

Yvonne CraigYvonne Craig
American

Moira ShearerMoira Shearer
British

Christine KaufmannChristine Kaufmann
German

Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American
Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
American

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American
Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American

Debbie McGeeDebbie McGee
British

Robin AntinRobin Antin
American
Pina BauschPina Bausch
German

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American
Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian

Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian

DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss

Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French
Alicia AlonsoAlicia Alonso
Cuban

Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
American

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American

Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British
Ninette de ValoisNinette de Valois
Irish, British
Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American

Justin PeckJustin Peck
American

Kenneth MacMillanKenneth MacMillan
British, Scottish
Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French

Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American
Christopher WheeldonChristopher Wheeldon
British

Frederick AshtonFrederick Ashton
Ecuadorian, British

Zizi JeanmaireZizi Jeanmaire
French
Ida RubinsteinIda Rubinstein
French

Marie TaglioniMarie Taglioni
Swedish
Jean-Georges NoverreJean-Georges Noverre
French

Michel FokineMichel Fokine
American, Russian

Diana VishnevaDiana Vishneva
Russian
Judith JamisonJudith Jamison
-

Edward VillellaEdward Villella
American
Du JuanDu Juan
-

Bronislava NijinskaBronislava Nijinska
Polish

Peter MartinsPeter Martins
Danish

Christopher GableChristopher Gable
British
Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova
British

Tamara KarsavinaTamara Karsavina
Russian

Erick HawkinsErick Hawkins
American

Patricia McBridePatricia McBride
American

Eliot FeldEliot Feld
American
Nora KayeNora Kaye
American

Agrippina VaganovaAgrippina Vaganova
Russian
Irina BaronovaIrina Baronova
Russian

Pearl LangPearl Lang
American

Ulyana LopatkinaUlyana Lopatkina
Ukrainian
Lynn SeymourLynn Seymour
Canadian

Ludmilla TchérinaLudmilla Tchérina
French
Pierina LegnaniPierina Legnani
Italian

Vera ZorinaVera Zorina
German, Norwegian, American
Serge LifarSerge Lifar
French, Ukrainian

Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
American

Janet CollinsJanet Collins
American
Roland PetitRoland Petit
French, American

John NeumeierJohn Neumeier
American
Karen KainKaren Kain
Canadian