Ballet Dancers in History

Events in Music

  • 1949-10-09 English ballerina Margot Fonteyn debuts in America with her performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
  • 1961-06-16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • 1970-09-04 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova gets political asylum
  • 1979-08-23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • 1979-09-18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1992-07-19 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife

Birthdays in Music

  • 1724-02-29 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)
  • 1729-04-18 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1741-12-08 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1742-08-14 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), born in Marseille, France (d. 1802)
  • 1748-08-31 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1820)
  • 1758-02-04 Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1760-03-27 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1810-06-23 Franziska"Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina
  • 1815-12-22 Lucien Petipa, French ballet dancer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1898)
  • 1817-05-11 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • 1819-03-11 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • 1877-01-20 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1878-01-06 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1970)
  • 1879-06-24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1881-02-12 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1882-01-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1890-02-28 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance' , born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • 1890-03-12 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1890-09-17 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian-British ballerina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1976)
  • 1896-08-09 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1898-02-21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1898-06-06 Ninette de Valois [Edris Stannus], British ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Blessington, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • 1902-10-07 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1904-01-03 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 1904-11-20 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), born in Petergof, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1907-03-24 Lucia Chase, US ballerina/co-founder (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1907-04-20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1908-06-12 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1910-01-08 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1910-12-01 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • 1912-03-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1914-04-15 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • 1917-03-07 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • 1917-04-22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1917-12-21 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1918-08-05 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • 1919-05-18 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (1991)
  • 1919-08-29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 1920-01-17 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-01-30 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1920-08-23 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1921-06-04 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-12-21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1922-04-26 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1922-05-03 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1923-04-25 Melissa Hayden, Canadian ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1924-01-10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-01 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1924-07-24 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, born in Grenoble, France (d. 2017)
  • 1924-10-10 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

1925-01-24 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief
  • 1925-11-20 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-17 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1927-06-11 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • 1927-10-21 Nadine Judd, [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • 1932-09-24 Svetlana Beriosova, Lithuanian-British ballerina, born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 1998)
  • 1933-08-04 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds)
  • 1933-12-01 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • 1934-07-28 Jacques d'Amboise, Dedham Mass, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Company)
  • 1935-02-20 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1936-07-20 Kaleria Fadicheva, ballerina
  • 1936-08-20 Carla Fracci, Italian ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1936-10-01 Edward Villella, Bayside Queens, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet)
  • 1937-03-17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1937-08-22 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1938-03-17 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1938-08-11 Allegra Kent, ballerina, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1939-02-27 Antoinette Sibley, British ballerina (Turning Point), born in Bromley, United Kingdom
  • 1940-11-21 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • 1941-07-19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1941-09-06 Monica Mason, England's ballerina, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1941-09-09 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co), born in Griez, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1942-05-22 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (d. 1982)
  • 1942-08-23 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1943-02-16 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1944-09-09 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina
  • 1945-01-14 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer & administrator, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1945-08-16 Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945-11-16 Martine van Hamel, Dutch ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1946-03-15 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • 1946-04-05 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-07-08 Cynthia Gregory, LA, ballerina (NY Ballet Co)
  • 1947-03-13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • 1948-01-27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing)
  • 1948-12-07 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1949-03-18 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-12-02 Merrill Ashley, American ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1951-03-28 Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1951-11-13 Janet Collins, ballerina, 1st African American dancer with Opera Co (Aida)
  • 1952-12-29 Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina (Nutcracker), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-09-27 Heather Watts, ballerina (Dancing on My Grave), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-12-14 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1955-03-09 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1956-04-04 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-04-24 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer, born in Moscow
  • 1958-06-29 Leslie Browne, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962-02-09 Anik Bissonnette, Quebec ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • 1963-05-06 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1918-07-12 Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-08-04 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-08-16 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-01-08 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-08-04 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

  • 2012-08-18 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • 2013-09-06 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

2016-07-31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

Deaths in Music

  • 1787-03-11 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), dies at 45
  • 1802-01-14 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), dies at 59
  • 1808-09-27 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1820-03-26 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1822-10-16 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, dies at 98
  • 1842-12-05 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1884-11-27 Franziska "Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina/choreography, dies at 74
  • 1910-07-01 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies at 92
  • 1931-01-23 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • 1942-08-22 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • 1950-04-08 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1951-11-05 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer/pegagoge, dies at 72
  • 1952-07-27 W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • 1956-11-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1967-10-02 Albertina Rasch, Austrian-born American ballerina and choreographer, dies at 76
  • 1968-07-21 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1972-02-21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1978-09-01 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • 1979-03-15 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • 1982-02-27 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, dies at 39
  • 1982-06-14 Marie Rambert, [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • 1986-02-28 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1987-02-28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1991-02-21 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), dies at 71
  • 1992-07-09 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies
  • 1993-01-06 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1993-01-10 Diana Adams, ballerina, dies
  • 1993-01-29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65
  • 1994-06-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994-09-13 Kaleria Fadicheva, ballerina, dies at 58
  • 1995-08-06 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1996-09-22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1996-10-27 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996-11-05 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1997-07-13 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), dies at 92
  • 1998-03-21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • 1998-05-31 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), dies at 77
  • 1998-11-10 Svetlana Beriosova, Lithuanian-British ballerina, dies at 66
  • 2004-03-21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • 2004-12-02 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • 2006-01-31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • 2007-02-19 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • 2007-06-25 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • 2008-02-19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • 2009-02-11 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), dies at 86
  • 2009-04-28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • 2010-06-09 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, dies at 101

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

2013-04-11 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina (The Nutcracker), dies at 88

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief
  • 2015-05-02 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2016-02-08 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2016-10-19 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99
  • 2017-08-29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • 2018-01-09 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co), dies at 76
  • 2018-12-17 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • 2018-12-26 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer and actress, dies at 99
  • 2019-01-08 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • 2019-02-24 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • 2019-10-17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98