10 Western celebrities who did ballet

10 Western celebrities who did ballet

They achieved fame in different ways, but their paths have the same beginning - a "ballet" childhood.

Dita Von Teese

World burlesque star Dita Von Teese studied ballet from an early age. At 13, she was already performing solo parts in the local ballet company and by 15 she stopped classes, realizing that she had reached the peak of her abilities in this form of dance art. However, ballet elements have become a part of her performances, for example, the dancer wears pointe shoes sometimes. 

Penelope Cruz

Starting from the age of four, actress Penelope Cruz spent four to five hours a day practicing at the barre. She studied at the National Conservatory of Spain for nine years, then entered Christina Rota’s school in New York, where she combined ballet and acting education. The actress admits that ballet taught her discipline and helped her realize her passion for the stage, which later helped Penelope in her career as an actress.  

Gedeon Burkhard

The star of the Inspector Rex series saw Rudolf Nureyev's performance as a child and decided to become a dancer no matter what. He even studied at the Munich Ballet Academy, but when he became famous after his first film roles, he preferred to work “in the frame”. 

Charlize Theron

One of the most graceful Hollywood actresses, Charlize Theron, has taken classical ballet since she was six: she studied at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and even performed with a ballet company in the productions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Later modeling contracts brought Theron to New York, where she continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet School, but due to injury, she had to leave dance behind. 

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's mother was a ballerina and choreographer and her son was building a dance career successfully for many years. He studied and worked with such New York ballet companies as the Harkness Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, and even rehearsed a part in a performance where Mikhail Baryshnikov was supposed to dance. But after a knee injury, Swayze lost his chance to dance professionally and switched to working in musicals and movies. 

Sarah Jessica Parker

From an early age, Sarah Jessica Parker was learning choreography at the New York School of American Ballet, but both she and her parents wanted an acting career for the girl. Endless auditions brought young Sarah her first roles and choreographic training ensured her success on the Broadway stage.  

Natalie Portman

From the age of three and throughout her childhood, actress Natalie Portman attended ballet lessons and even performed with local companies. Nevertheless, to prepare for the lead role in the Black Swan movie, she had to work with ballet teachers for six months for five to eight hours a day and lose 9 kg. But most of the dance scenes in the film were still performed by ballerina Sarah Lane. 

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana studied ballet and Latin American dance at one of the most prestigious choreographic schools in the Dominican Republic - ECOS Espacio de Danza. Probably, it was this experience that determined success of the actress because her first role in a big movie was the ballerina Eva in the Center Stage (2000).  

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger dreamed of ballet from the first years of her life and found herself at the barre very early. The girl studied so diligently in the ballet class that she even got on the advertising poster of the dance studio. Her great professional success was admission to the Royal Ballet School in London, but after a serious injury she had to leave her favorite dances and devote herself to a modeling and then acting career. 

Jessica Brown Findlay

The Downton Abbey star is a former professional ballerina. Like all ballet dancers, she began in early childhood, and at the age of 15 the young ballerina was invited to the Royal Theatre Covent Garden for the summer season during the Mariinsky Theater tour. The girl studied at the London School of the Arts, but after several ankle surgeries she left ballet and began an acting career.