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

25 June 2009

Gary

American

Virgo

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
(Singer-Songwriter)

16 May 1966

Gary, Indiana, U.S.

American

Taurus

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

25 October 1985

Austin

American

Scorpio

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

13 September 1996

New York City, New York, U.S

American

Gemini

AaliyahAaliyah
(Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model)

16 January 1979

25 August 2001

New York City

American

Capricorn

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
(Ballet Dancer)

10 September 1982

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

American

Virgo

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
(Rapper)

01 July 1971

Portsmouth

American

Cancer

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

03 May 1933

25 December 2006

Barnwell

American

Taurus

Tina TurnerTina Turner

26 November 1939

Nutbush, Tennessee

American

Sagittarius

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland
(Singer-songwriter)

11 February 1981

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S

American

Aquarius

Bobby BrownBobby Brown
(Singer-Songwriter)

05 February 1969

Boston

American

Aquarius

Lena HorneLena Horne
(Singer)

30 June 1917

09 May 2010

Bedford-Stuyvesant

American

Cancer

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

18 November 1994

Rochester

American

Capricorn

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
(Dancer and Actor)

14 February 1946

09 August 2003

New York City

American

Aquarius

Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
(Choreographer)

05 January 1931

01 December 1989

Rogers, Texas, U.S.

American

Capricorn

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

22 June 1909

21 May 2006

Glen Ellyn

American

Cancer

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
(Actor)

17 May 1986

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

American

Taurus

MC HammerMC Hammer
(Musician, Choreographer, Businessperson, Rapper, Singer)

30 March 1962

Oakland

American

Aries

Bill RobinsonBill Robinson
(Film actor, Stage actor)

25 May 1878

25 November 1949

Richmond

American

Gemini

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

24 May 1962

14 November 2003

New York City

American

Gemini

Sahara DavenportSahara Davenport

17 December 1984

01 October 2012

Dallas

American

Sagittarius

Michaela DePrinceMichaela DePrince
(Ballet dancer)

06 January 1995

Sierra Leone

American

Capricorn

Harold NicholasHarold Nicholas
(Dancer, Actor)

27 March 1921

03 July 2000

Winston-Salem

American

Aries

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

19 November 1973

Newark

American

Scorpio

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

20 October 1901

07 November 1993

New York City

American

Libra

TeyanaTeyana
(American actress)

10 December 1990

Harlem, New York, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

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