8. Mikail Baryshnikov

Mikail Baryshnikov born in 1948 often cited as one of the greatest ballet dancers in  history. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningard Russia, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance.  After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then danced with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director.