Marcia Haydee is a woman for all seasons (dancer, stager, choreographer, artistic director)
Twyla Tharp for her crossover choreography
Alexandra Danilova - for everything.
Jennifer Tipton has lighted some of the best ballets of the 20th and 21st century.
Claude Bessy (the little dictatress of the POBS) for keeping the French style going.
Violet Verdy for her dancing, staging, and PR friendly personality, what a great ambassador for the artform
Sulemith Messerer in Japan for her work to develop the artform.
Nina Ananiashvili will be on this list eventually. She was a wonderful dancer, beloved by her ABT family, and is keeping the flame alive in Tblisi.
Virginia Johnson of DToH, for her dancing, and willingness to revive the company in difficult economic times, I hope she succeeds!
I think we English speakers will never know the contributions made by former Soviet ballerinas who go on to coach future generations in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of them kept their companies going by hook and by crook through the stormy times after the collapse in 1989 - 91. God bless them all.