Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950)
Russian dancer & choreographer of Polish descent. Celebrated for his vibrancy, virtuosity, the depth & intensity of his characterisations.
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)
Russian prima ballerina, recognised for creation of the role, ‘The Dying Swan’. 1st ballerina to tour ballet internationally. Iconic & innovative.
Galina Ulanova (1910-1998)
Acclaimed Russian dancer transferred by Stalin to the Bolshoi Theatre to be the Prima Ballerina Assoluta. Elegant & expressive.
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991)
Fonteyn spent her entire career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet. Appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta by HM The Queen. Gorgeous & glamourous.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)
Soviet-born dancer whose emotional & expressive skills provided a new role for the male dancers. A born dancer.
Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948)
Artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre. Received an Oscar nomination for the Best Supporting Actor in The Turning Point. Extra-ordinary passion.
Natalia Makarova (1940)
Russian ballerina, performed with the American Ballet Theatre in New York & The Royal Ballet. Gifted genius.
Anthony Dowell (1943)
Most noted for the role of Oberon in Dream by Sir Frederick Ashton & for the filmed performance as Siegfried in Swan Lake in 1980. Elegant.
Gelsey Kirkland (1952)
Joined the New York City Ballet at 15, promoted to soloist & principal soon. Played leading roles in many great 20th-century ballets. Superb skills.