Famous Male Ballet Dancers or Danseurs

Famous Male Ballet Dancers?. If a female ballet dancer is called a ballerina, what are male ballet dancers called? Well, if you are in Italy you can call them ballerino but if you are in France you should call them danseur. In the English speaking world, you can just call them male ballet dancers.

Anyhoo, here are some famous male ballet dancers:

Patrick Bissell dancing in Don Quixote. Patrick was a leading principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater who died of a drug overdose when he was only 30 years old. Sad, no?

Of course, a list of famous danseurs should include Rudolf Nureyev, probably the best male ballet dancer of all time. Here’s a photo of Rudolf in action.

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Nureyev is not only a gifted danseur as he’s also gifted down there if you know what we mean. We ain’t gonna upload any photo of his “gift” but you can google for his photo by Richard Avedon. Anyhoo, our Rudolf reportedly had a fling with 1950s Hollywood superstar Tab Hunter who wrote about their relationship in his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Here’s a photo of Tab and Rudolf. They are both gifted down there is all we’re gonna say about these two.

Famous Male Ballet Dancers

Like Rudolf, Mikhail Baryshnikov is widely considered as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. And he’s an Oscar-nominated actor too. According to wikipedia, in 1977 Baryshnikov “received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as “Yuri Kopeikine” in the film The Turning Point”. Anyone of you watched said movie?

Sexy Hot Famous Male Ballet Dancers

Sascha Radetsky may not be as famous as Rudolf or Mikhail but boy isn’t he cute, hot, and sexy! Yum. Yum. Sascha is currently a soloist for the American Ballet Theater.

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We’re pretty sure you’re familiar with Benjamin Millepied because he’s usually in the tabloid mags with his partner Natalie Portman [see a pregnant Natalie in our post on Jeans for Pregnant Women].

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The two met during the filming of the award-winning ballet movie, Black Swan, which Benjamin choreographed and which starred Natalie.

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Street Ballet Dancers in Milan. Is this the street ballet performance that ends all ballet performances? We sure don’t know but this has got to be the most awesome ballet performance we’ve ever seen on Youtube.

In case you are wondering, this video was reportedly taken at the La Scala Square in Milan, Italy.

Famous Male Ballet Dancers or Danseurs. Posted 8 August 2010. Last updated: January 25, 2020 at 2:57 am.