Famous African American Dancers Who Redefined The Word 'Dance'

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.

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 2 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 3 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 4 James Brown

James Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006
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 5 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 6 Aaliyah

Aaliyah
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 7 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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 8 Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 9 Ciara

Ciara
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 10 Savion Glover

Savion Glover
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newark

 11 Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 12 Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 18, 1994
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 13 Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn
Died: May 21, 2006

 14 Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kenema, Sierra Leone

 15 Willi Ninja

Willi Ninja
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middletown, USA
Died: September 2, 2006

 16 Gene Anthony Ray

Gene Anthony Ray
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Television actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 14, 2003

 17 Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: February 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bunnell, Florida, United States

 18 Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: April 27, 2009

 19 Harold Nicholas

Harold Nicholas
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 3, 2000

 20 Adelaide Hall

Adelaide Hall
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 7, 1993

 21 Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 22 Howard Sims

Howard Sims
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Tap dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 20, 2003

 23 Cholly Atkins

Cholly Atkins
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pratt City, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: April 19, 2003

 24 Janet Collins

Janet Collins
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003

 25 Mia Fyre

Mia Fyre
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actress, Choreographer
Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 26 Albert Evans

Albert Evans
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 22, 2015