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 Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
French dancer Benjamin Millepied was initially associated with the New York City Ballet. He launched the LA Dance Project and was the director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. He gained fame as the choreographer of the iconic movie Black Swan, and later married its lead actor, Natalie Portman.

 2 Misty Copeland

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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is known for her association with American Ballet Theatre and is the first Black woman to become the principal dancer there. She also gained fame as a public speaker and stage performer. Named to Time 100, she has also written a memoir and narrated a documentary.
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 3 Sonoya Mizuno

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese, British

Sonoya Mizuno is an English actress, ballet dancer, and model. She started her professional career as a model, working for world-renowned brands, such as Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Thanks to her skills as a ballet dancer, which she learnt at the Royal Ballet School, Mizuno landed roles in dance films like High Strung, which kick-started her film career.

 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 Phyllis Smith

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

Phyllis Smith is an American actress best known for portraying Phyllis Vance in the popular mockumentary TV series, The Office, for which she received a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also known for her skills as a voice actress, Smith was honored with the prestigious Annie Award for voicing Sadness in the 2015 computer-animated comedy film, Inside Out.

 6 Gwen Verdon

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

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 7 Lana

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 8 Darcey Bussell

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

 9 Debbie McGee

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

 10 S. E. Cupp

S. E. Cupp
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: February 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 11 Glynis Johns

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

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 12 Katherine LaNasa

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

Katherine LaNasa is an American actress known for her starring roles in films like The Campaign and Jayne Mansfield's Car. A former ballet dancer and choreographer, LaNasa started dancing at the age of 12. During the late-1980s, LaNasa assisted choreographer John Carrafa for the 1989 crime and dance drama film Rooftops.

 13 Kelly Bishop

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

 14 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

 15 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
Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov was part of the Bolshoi Ballet. He defected to the U.S. in 1979, causing significant U.S.-Soviet tension. He had also appeared in many films, such as Anna Karenina and Die Hard. His final days were marked by alcoholism, which also eventually caused his death.

 16 Michael Flatley

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

 17 Rochelle Aytes

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

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 18 Victoria Rowell

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

 19 Linda Park

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

 20 Anna Pavlova

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

 21 Julia Goldani Telles

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

 22 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

 23 Andrea Parker

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

 24 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

 25 Langston Fishburne

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

 26 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

 27 Margot Fonteyn

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

 28 Isabella Boylston

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

 29 Sir Robert Helpmann

Sir Robert Helpmann
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 28, 1986

 30 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

 31 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

 32 Sascha Radetsky

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

 33 Twyla Tharp

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

 34 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

 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 Michaela DePrince

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

 37 Moira Shearer

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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Ethan Stiefel

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

 41 Svetlana Zakharova

Svetlana Zakharova
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Famous As: ballet dancer, politician, choreographer, dancer
Birthdate: June 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian

 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 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

 44 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

 45 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

 46 Alicia Alonso

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

 47 Amalia Hernández

Amalia Hernández
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: September 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Mexican
Died: November 5, 2000

 48 Suzanne Farrell

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

 49 Wendy Whelan

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

 50 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
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