Today Anna Pavlova claims to be the Most Famous Ballerinas is the world, here in this article, we are going to highlight the list of List of Top Ten Most Famous Ballerinas in the World as per 2016 rankings.
List of Top Ten Most Famous Ballerinas In The World 2016 Ranking
10. Tamara Rojo
The Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Rojo was one of the Royal Ballet’s most spectacular assets for over a decade. A star principal dancer who combines talent, system, brains, beauty, artistic ambition and interpretative brilliance in a single, unmistakably world-class package her partnership with Carlos Acosta has been a particular delight.
9. Ulyana Lopatkina
From unpromising origins as a gawky young dancer, Uliana Lopatkina has become the biggest ballerina in Russia today, and a national legend. Very, very rarely ballet throws up an artist who embodies more than supreme skill and compelling theatrical personality and comes to epitomise a type of national dream. Galina Ulanova and Margot Fonteyn suffered that fate, and it looks as if Lopatkina may be similarly revered.
8. Darcey Bussell
Far and away the Royal Ballet’s most celebrated home-grown ballerina of recent decades, and the only one since Margot Fonteyn whose fame has spread beyond dance circles.
7. Sylvie Guillem
A great ballerina she has now become a great contemporary dancer, still performing the most interesting, challenging work around. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1977, the company in 1981, and then rose dazzlingly until the moment in 1984 when, after a matinee performance of Swan Lake, she became the company’s youngest-ever étoile the highest rank of the Paris ballet.
6. Nina Ananiashvili
Alluring grace, enticing mystique, special magic, instinctive expressiveness and the technical wizardry to draw the public with her into unavoidable passions and dreams – these qualities separate the handful of true ballerinas from the legions of mere female ballet dancers. Now, artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia, the Georgian-born, Bolshoi-trained Nina Ananiashvili is one of that tiny elite.
5. Nadia Nerina
Nadia Nerina gained fame by having Frederick Ashton’s masterpiece La Fille mal gardée performed on her. Renowned as the best technician at Covent Garden in the Fifties and Sixties, she impressed and humbled Rudolf Nureyev when he attempted to show off in a performance of Giselle with a series of 16 entrechats six. Performing Swan Lake a few nights later, with Nureyev watching from the stalls, Nadia Nerina doubled his feet to 32 – an unheard-of achievement for a female dancer and a furious Nureyev stormed out of the performance.
4. Margot Fonteyn
A dancer of exceptional musicality, line and grace, Fonteyn treated made ballet more accessible and common in Britain than it had ever been. Her partnership with Rudolf Nureyev caught the public’s imagination after their first performance together in Giselle 1962; they received 23 curtain calls. But Fonteyn was an international star long before Nureyev: she tackled the lead in Swan Lake the year he was born and remains the Royal Ballet’s only Prima Ballerina Absolute.
3. Alicia Markova
Hailed as the ultimate guide of Giselle, Alicia Markova was a catalytic modernizing force for both British and American dance. She began her career when British ballet hardly existed and was instrumental in the development of Britain’s first companies, Ballet Rambert and the Royal Ballet and co-founded the English National Ballet. Along with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Markova is one of only two English dancers to be recognized as a prima ballerina absolute.
2. Galina Ulanova
One of the top 10 most famous ballerinas of the 20th century credited both as a wonderful actress and dancer. In a tribute to her freshness, Russians called her “the ballerina of the morning”. Ulanova particularly excelled in Lavrovsky’s version of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. She was the first Juliet to grace the Kirov Theatre stage.
1. Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova won the title of most famous and influential ballerinas in 2016 rankings; the Russian made up for her apparent limited technique with a unique charm. She’s famous for her creation of the role The Dying Swan, choreographed for her by Michel Fokine. Pavlova also became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.
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