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

Alexander Godunov Alexander Godunov
American, Russian

Glynis Johns Glynis Johns
South African

Sonoya Mizuno Sonoya Mizuno
Japanese, British

Linda Park Linda Park
South Korean

Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp
American

Rina Lipa Rina Lipa
British

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Amanda SchullAmanda Schull
American

Debbie McGeeDebbie McGee
British

Michael FlatleyMichael Flatley
American

Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
American
Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell
American

Christine KaufmannChristine Kaufmann
German

Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American

Majandra DelfinoMajandra Delfino
American, Venezuelan

Alicia AlonsoAlicia Alonso
Cuban
Robin AntinRobin Antin
American

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American
Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American

Moira ShearerMoira Shearer
British
Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
American

Olga KhokhlovaOlga Khokhlova
Russian
Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American

Pina BauschPina Bausch
German

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian

DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss

Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian
Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French

Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
American

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American
Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American
Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British

Ninette de ValoisNinette de Valois
Irish, British

Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French

Judith JamisonJudith Jamison
-
Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American

Frederick AshtonFrederick Ashton
Ecuadorian, British
Justin PeckJustin Peck
American

Alicia MarkovaAlicia Markova
British

Peter MartinsPeter Martins
Danish
Du JuanDu Juan
-

Christopher WheeldonChristopher Wheeldon
British
Marie TaglioniMarie Taglioni
Swedish

Bronislava NijinskaBronislava Nijinska
Polish

Ida RubinsteinIda Rubinstein
French
Zizi JeanmaireZizi Jeanmaire
French

August BournonvilleAugust Bournonville
Danish
Janet CollinsJanet Collins
American

Edward VillellaEdward Villella
American

Diana VishnevaDiana Vishneva
Russian

Tamara KarsavinaTamara Karsavina
Russian
Kenneth MacMillanKenneth MacMillan
British, Scottish

Agrippina VaganovaAgrippina Vaganova
Russian

Karen KainKaren Kain
Canadian

Pierina LegnaniPierina Legnani
Italian

Vera ZorinaVera Zorina
German, Norwegian, American
Nora KayeNora Kaye
American

Eliot FeldEliot Feld
American
Irina BaronovaIrina Baronova
Russian

Enrico CecchettiEnrico Cecchetti
Italian

Alexandra DanilovaAlexandra Danilova
American, Russian
Serge LifarSerge Lifar
French, Ukrainian

John CrankoJohn Cranko
South African
Patricia McBridePatricia McBride
American

Ulyana LopatkinaUlyana Lopatkina
Ukrainian
Ekaterina MaximovaEkaterina Maximova
Russian

Roland PetitRoland Petit
French, American

Marie RambertMarie Rambert
Polish, British
Carlotta GrisiCarlotta Grisi
Italian

Leslie BrowneLeslie Browne
American
Pearl LangPearl Lang
American