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
Tina TurnerTina Turner
26 November 1939, American

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971

16 January 1979, American
American singer

Bobby BrownBobby Brown
05 February 1969, American

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

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American

25 October 1985, American
Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
01 July 1971, American

Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland
11 February 1981, American
Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
17 May 1986, American

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907, American
Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
05 January 1931, American

Katherine DunhamKatherine Dunham
22 June 1909, American
Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author

Gene Anthony RayGene Anthony Ray
24 May 1962, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor

Willi NinjaWilli Ninja
12 April 1961, American
Harold NicholasHarold Nicholas
27 March 1921, American

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
06 January 1995, Sierra Leonean, American
Ballet dancer
Savion GloverSavion Glover
19 November 1973, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage

Adelaide HallAdelaide Hall
20 October 1901, American
Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor

Bill T. JonesBill T. Jones
15 February 1952, American
Frankie ManningFrankie Manning
26 May 1914, American
Dancer and choreographer

Howard SimsHoward Sims
24 January 1918, American
Tap dancer
Judith JamisonJudith Jamison
10 May 1943

Cholly AtkinsCholly Atkins
30 September 1913, American

Janet CollinsJanet Collins
07 March 1917, American
Ballet Dancer
Albert EvansAlbert Evans
29 December 1968, American
Ballet Dancer