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

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.

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American
Sonoya Mizuno Sonoya Mizuno
Japanese, British

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
Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
American

Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
American

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
American

Majandra DelfinoMajandra Delfino
American, Venezuelan
Alicia AlonsoAlicia Alonso
Cuban
Christine KaufmannChristine Kaufmann
German

Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American

Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
American

Robin AntinRobin Antin
American
Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American

Debbie McGeeDebbie McGee
British

Olga KhokhlovaOlga Khokhlova
Russian

Moira ShearerMoira Shearer
British

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American
Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American
Pina BauschPina Bausch
German

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian

Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian
DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss

Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French
Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American

Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
American

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American

Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British
Ninette de ValoisNinette de Valois
Irish, British

Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French

Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American

Frederick AshtonFrederick Ashton
Ecuadorian, British
Bronislava NijinskaBronislava Nijinska
Polish

Marie TaglioniMarie Taglioni
Swedish
Kenneth MacMillanKenneth MacMillan
British, Scottish

Judith JamisonJudith Jamison
-

Christopher WheeldonChristopher Wheeldon
British
Du JuanDu Juan
-

Justin PeckJustin Peck
American
Edward VillellaEdward Villella
American

Zizi JeanmaireZizi Jeanmaire
French

Ida RubinsteinIda Rubinstein
French
Diana VishnevaDiana Vishneva
Russian

Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova
British
Tamara KarsavinaTamara Karsavina
Russian

Peter MartinsPeter Martins
Danish

Nora KayeNora Kaye
American

Eliot FeldEliot Feld
American
Ulyana LopatkinaUlyana Lopatkina
Ukrainian
Vera ZorinaVera Zorina
German, Norwegian, American

Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
American

Lynn SeymourLynn Seymour
Canadian

Jean-Georges NoverreJean-Georges Noverre
French
Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones
American

Marie-Madeleine GuimardMarie-Madeleine Guimard
French

Svetlana ZakharovaSvetlana Zakharova
Russian

Lawrence RhodesLawrence Rhodes
American

Sir Robert HelpmannSir Robert Helpmann
Australian
Mikhail FokinMikhail Fokin
Russian