Josephine Baker, Janet Collins and Pearl Primus are a few notable African American dancers.

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
(Singer)

29 August 1958

American

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

American

Tina TurnerTina Turner

26 November 1939

American

AaliyahAaliyah
(Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model)

16 January 1979

American

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
(Singer-Songwriter)

16 May 1966

American

Bobby BrownBobby Brown
(Singer-Songwriter)

05 February 1969

American

James BrownJames Brown
(Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader)

03 May 1933

American

CiaraCiara
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Model)

25 October 1985

American

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

American

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
(Rapper)

01 July 1971

American

Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland
(Singer-songwriter)

11 February 1981

American

Lena HorneLena Horne
(Singer)

30 June 1917

American

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
(Actor)

17 May 1986

American

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
(Dancer and Actor)

14 February 1946

American

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

American

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
(Ballet Dancer)

10 September 1982

American

Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
(Choreographer)

05 January 1931

American

Katherine DunhamKatherine Dunham
(Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author)

22 June 1909

American

Sahara DavenportSahara Davenport

17 December 1984

American

Savion GloverSavion Glover
(Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage actor)

19 November 1973

American

Bill RobinsonBill Robinson
(Film actor, Stage actor)

25 May 1878

American

Gene Anthony RayGene Anthony Ray
(Actor, Choreographer, Television actor)

24 May 1962

American

Harold NicholasHarold Nicholas
(Dancer, Actor)

27 March 1921

American

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
(Ballet dancer)

06 January 1995

American

Adelaide HallAdelaide Hall
(Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor)

20 October 1901

American

TeyanaTeyana
(American actress)

10 December 1990

American