TOP 10 Best Principal Dancers

Who are my favourite male dancers?

My friends often ask me about my favourite male dancers. As I have been a ballet lover for decades, it is very difficult to answer this question, given the amount of dancers I have seen perform. All dancers have different strengths and weaknesses; Rudolf Nurejev, for example, while a presence onstage and reknowned as the best dancer of the 20th century, would not be considered extremely talented by todays standards. I will also not be mentioning excellent male dancers who have passed their prime, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Malakhov.

I will be focussing on the principal dancers that I have adored watching these past five years.

Here are my Top 10 male dancers:

Friedemann Vogel, Stuttgart Ballet


Semyon Chudin, Bolschoi Ballet


Sergei Polunin


Daniil Simkin, American Ballet Theatre


Steven McRae, Royal Ballet London


Edward Watson, Royal Ballet London


Ivan Vasiliev


Carlos Acosta, retired from Royal Ballet London


Rainer Krenstetter, Miami CIty Ballet


Marian Walter, Staatsballett Berlin


I need to mention some other great dancers like Valentino Zucchetti, James Whiteside, William Moore, Surimu Fukushi, Eric Scott Underwood and Dinu Tamazlacaru.

Photo on Top: Friedemann Vogel (c) Baki Photographer





Author: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

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