Want to know who are the world’s richest dancers? Jazz, ballet, tap, ballroom, folk, hip-hop, Irish, modern, Latin… dancing comes in many forms, styles, techniques, and music, but this performing art is only one soulful form of expression at its core. Nevertheless, not every dancer is rewarded in the same way, and it doesn’t always depend on talent and uniqueness. So, we invite you to see the list we’ve compiled of the richest dancers in the world and find out how they made their fortunes.
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10. Mark Ballas
This American professional ballroom dancer is only 28 years old and already one of the world’s richest dancers. Also a choreographer, songwriter, musician and actor, Ballas made most of his fortune on Dancing with the Stars, the renowned ABC program in which he has been participating since 2007. At the moment Mark Ballas has an estimated net worth of $450,000.
9. Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke is another Dancing with the Stars professional dancer who earned most of her $500,000 thanks to the ABC show. The 30-year-old Californian has been on eighteen of the nineteen seasons of the program, and is famous for winning twice consecutively on the second and third seasons, making her the first female pro dancer to win the show.
8. Sylvie Guillem
Last November, Sylvie Guillem announced that her retirement from the stage would take place sometime this year; not bad considering that this French ballerina is about to turn fifty. Famous for her performances of Giselle, Swan Lake and Don Quixote among others, she allegedly makes about $850,000 a year.
7. Benjamin Millepied
You probably know this French dancer and choreographer as Natalie Portman’s husband. The couple met when they were working in the renowned movie Black Swan and they have been together ever since. The actress’s baby daddy has a net worth of around $900,000.
6. Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff is a Ukranian-born professional ballroom dancer best known for her participation in Dancing with the Stars. This 37-year-old pro has won many dancing championships including the U.S. Open, the Asian Open, the UK Open and the Dutch Open. With a net worth of $3 million, we can say that all her hard work over the years has paid off.