Creative Baby Names: The best dancers’ names from Allegra to Merce

Coincidentally or not, many dancers have names that aptly project an image of lightness and grace. And this cuts across many disciplines of dance, from toe to tap, and across generations as well. As with all artistic children, we have to wonder how much influence the parents who chose their creative baby names had on their offspring’s vocations. Is it serendipitous that ballerina Allegra Kent was given a name that projects such a quintessentially dancer-like image? But hold on–before we jump to conclusions, you’ll see that half of the dancers shown chose their own terpsichorean names.
Here are the Nameberry Picks of best dancers’ names.


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Violette Verdy, born Nelly, is a French prima ballerina who performed with ballet companies in France, London, and Milan before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1956. Just as Vivienne, the French spelling of Vivien, has taken off (with the help of a Jolie-Pitt), we wonder if there might be some chance for Violette.

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