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

Glynis Johns Glynis Johns
South African

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American
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

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
American

Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
American
Yvonne CraigYvonne Craig
American

Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
American

Zizi JeanmaireZizi Jeanmaire
French

Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
American

Debbie McGeeDebbie McGee
British
Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American
George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American

Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American

Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American
Pina BauschPina Bausch
German

Robin AntinRobin Antin
American
Moira ShearerMoira Shearer
British

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian

Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British

Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American

DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss
Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian

Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
American

Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American
Roland PetitRoland Petit
French, American
Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American

Alicia AlonsoAlicia Alonso
Cuban

Tamara ToumanovaTamara Toumanova
Georgian, American, Russian
Anita BerberAnita Berber
German

Frederick AshtonFrederick Ashton
Ecuadorian, British
Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French

Peter MartinsPeter Martins
Danish

Ninette de ValoisNinette de Valois
Irish, British
Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
American

Justin PeckJustin Peck
American
Ida RubinsteinIda Rubinstein
French

Eliot FeldEliot Feld
American

Kenneth MacMillanKenneth MacMillan
British, Scottish
Judith JamisonJudith Jamison
-

Christopher WheeldonChristopher Wheeldon
British
Marie TaglioniMarie Taglioni
Swedish

Tamara KarsavinaTamara Karsavina
Russian

Du JuanDu Juan
-

Nora KayeNora Kaye
American
Michel FokineMichel Fokine
American, Russian

Diana VishnevaDiana Vishneva
Russian

Edward VillellaEdward Villella
American

Christopher GableChristopher Gable
British

Bronislava NijinskaBronislava Nijinska
Polish
Irina BaronovaIrina Baronova
Russian

Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova
British
Serge LifarSerge Lifar
French, Ukrainian

Ludmilla TchérinaLudmilla Tchérina
French

Ulyana LopatkinaUlyana Lopatkina
Ukrainian
Janet CollinsJanet Collins
American

Agrippina VaganovaAgrippina Vaganova
Russian
Erick HawkinsErick Hawkins
American

Pearl LangPearl Lang
American
Vera ZorinaVera Zorina
German, Norwegian, American

Marie RambertMarie Rambert
Polish, British

Pierina LegnaniPierina Legnani
Italian
Patricia McBridePatricia McBride
American

LanaLana
American
Tamara GevaTamara Geva
Russian