Ballet Dancers

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.

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 1 Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 2 Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: January 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 3 Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French

 4 Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 5 Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 6 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 7 Sonoya Mizuno

Sonoya Mizuno
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese, British
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 8 Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 9 Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: March 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 6, 1993

 10 Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 11 Katherine LaNasa

Katherine LaNasa
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 12 Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

 13 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2000

 14 Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Dancer
Birthdate: July 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 15 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 16 Alexander Godunov

Alexander Godunov
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: May 18, 1995

 17 Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee
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Famous As: Radio performer
Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 18 Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Joyce Craig
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: May 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 17, 2015

 19 Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 20 Julia Goldani Telles

Julia Goldani Telles
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 21 Linda Park

Linda Park
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

 22 Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova
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Birthdate: February 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: January 23, 1931

 23 Martha Graham

Martha Graham
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Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1991

 24 Langston Fishburne

Langston Fishburne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 25 Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Isabella Boylston

Isabella Boylston
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: October 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 28 George Balanchine

George Balanchine
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian, American
Died: April 30, 1983

 29 Moira Shearer

Moira Shearer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 31, 2006

 30 Olga Khokhlova

Olga Khokhlova
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Famous As: First Wife of Picasso
Birthdate: June 17, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: February 11, 1955

 31 Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 33 Margot Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: May 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: February 21, 1991

 34 Galina Ulanova

Galina Ulanova
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: January 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: March 21, 1998

 35 Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch
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Famous As: Choreographer, Ballet dancer, Dancer, Artist, Music educator, Ballet master, University teacher
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: June 30, 2009

 36 Sascha Radetsky

Sascha Radetsky
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Famous As: Choreographer, Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Mathilde Kschessinska

Mathilde Kschessinska
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Famous As: ballet dancer
Birthdate: August 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
Died: June 7, 1971

 38 Robin Antin

Robin Antin
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter, Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 11, 2013

 40 Ethan Stiefel

Ethan Stiefel
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Famous As: Choreographer, Actor
Birthdate: February 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Prima ballerina assoluta
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish, Russian
Died: May 2, 2015

 42 DJ BoBo

DJ BoBo
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Ballet dancer, Disc jockey
Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss

 43 Zizi Jeanmaire

Zizi Jeanmaire
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: April 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: July 17, 2020

 44 Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille
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Famous As: American dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 7, 1993

 46 Lindsay Kemp

Lindsay Kemp
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Famous As: Choreographer, Actor, Ballet dancer, Mime artist
Birthdate: May 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 47 Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne Farrell
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: August 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Cuban
Died: October 17, 2019

 49 Valorie Kondos Field

Valorie Kondos Field
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Famous As: Gymnastics coach
Birthdate: August 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 50 Marius Petipa

Marius Petipa
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Famous As: Dancer, Ballet master, Choreographer, Librettist, Ballet dancer
Birthdate: March 11, 1818
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
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