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

Alexander Godunov Alexander Godunov
American, Russian

Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp
American

Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
American
Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
American
Majandra DelfinoMajandra Delfino
American, Venezuelan

Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American
George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American
Christine KaufmannChristine Kaufmann
German
Pina BauschPina Bausch
German

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian
Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American
Robin AntinRobin Antin
American

DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss
Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American
Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian
Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American

Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French
Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American
Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American
Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British
Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French
Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American

Du JuanDu Juan
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Zizi JeanmaireZizi Jeanmaire
French
Ida RubinsteinIda Rubinstein
French

Diana VishnevaDiana Vishneva
Russian
Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova
British
Ulyana LopatkinaUlyana Lopatkina
Ukrainian
Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
American

Svetlana ZakharovaSvetlana Zakharova
Russian
Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones
American
Mikhail FokinMikhail Fokin
Russian