Performance art has undoubtedly taken care of the world’s entertainment needs for several centuries now. Any discussion about performance art is incomplete without mentioning the word ‘dance’. Dance is an art form that has evolved by leaps and bounds over hundreds of years and is popular in most cultures across the world. Several members of the great African American community in particular, are famous worldwide for their epic dance moves. Some of these incredibly talented individuals have inspired many young aspirants to pursue dance as a career. Master Juba, Bill Robinson and John Bubbles are a few yesteryear dancers, who are still remembered for their ability to dance. These individuals even braved challenges such as racism to pursue their passions. The king of Pop Michael Jackson attained a demigod status not merely for his soulful music, but his impressive dance moves as well. His ‘Moon walk’ continues to be famous even almost a decade after his death. Many kids and aspiring dancers try their best to perfect the ‘moon walk’. Josephine Baker, Janet Collins and Pearl Primus are a few other noteworthy African American dancers who are legends in their own right. According to a popular online source, Josephine Baker was such a heartthrob in her younger days that she received as many as 1500 marriage proposals from several men. We present to you a list of dancers o African American dancers whom you probably didn’t know. These people have redefined the word dance.
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer
Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper

AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer

Tina TurnerTina Turner
26 November 1939, American
 

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
01 July 1971, American
Rapper

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American
Singer-Songwriter
James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

CiaraCiara
25 October 1985, American
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Model

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author

Bobby BrownBobby Brown
05 February 1969, American
Singer-Songwriter
Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland
11 February 1981, American
Singer-songwriter

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer
Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907, American
Singer

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
17 May 1986, American
Actor
Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer

Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
05 January 1931, American
Choreographer
Katherine DunhamKatherine Dunham
22 June 1909, American
Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author

Bill RobinsonBill Robinson
25 May 1878, American
Film actor, Stage actor

Gene Anthony RayGene Anthony Ray
24 May 1962, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor
Savion GloverSavion Glover
19 November 1973, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage

Harold NicholasHarold Nicholas
27 March 1921, American
Dancer, Actor
Adelaide HallAdelaide Hall
20 October 1901, American
Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
06 January 1995, American
Ballet dancer