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

Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp
American

Linda Park Linda Park
South Korean

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

Andrea ParkerAndrea Parker
American

Debbie McGeeDebbie McGee
British

Olga KhokhlovaOlga Khokhlova
Russian
Isabella BoylstonIsabella Boylston
American

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine
Russian, American

Maria TallchiefMaria Tallchief
American

Mathilde KschessinskaMathilde Kschessinska
Russian

Pina BauschPina Bausch
German
Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya
Spanish, Russian

Robin AntinRobin Antin
American
Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky
American

DJ BoBoDJ BoBo
Swiss

Ethan StiefelEthan Stiefel
American
Valorie Kondos FieldValorie Kondos Field
American

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
American
Marius PetipaMarius Petipa
French

Natalia MakarovaNatalia Makarova
American

Suzanne FarrellSuzanne Farrell
American

Lindsay KempLindsay Kemp
British

Wendy WhelanWendy Whelan
American
Sylvie GuillemSylvie Guillem
French

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

Fernando BujonesFernando Bujones
American
Svetlana ZakharovaSvetlana Zakharova
Russian

Sir Robert HelpmannSir Robert Helpmann
Australian
Mikhail FokinMikhail Fokin
Russian