Famous American Contemporary Dancers

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Which names readily pop up in your mind when you think of greatest American dancers? Is it the King of Pop Michael Jackson and his famous moonwalk or the graceful Beyonce and her sexy swag or is it the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley and his signature pelvic thrust? Or do you deem Hollywood dancing pioneers like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, John Travolta, Jennifer Beals, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Natalie Portman as the country's best dancers? America has been hotbed of some really amazing dancers, besides showbiz entertainers, who influenced generations and generations of dancers (and some showmen too). Danseuses like Mary Wigman, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Twyla Tharp who laid the cornerstone of contemporary dance with their avant-garde, non-traditional moves and style, inspiring millions to tap their feet like no one is watching. Without any ado, let us get exploring the timeline, trivia and interesting facts of famous American contemporary dancers in the biographies here.
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Chloe Lukasiak
(Actress, Dancer and Cast Member of the Reality Dance Show 'Dance Moms')
Chloe Lukasiak
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Birthdate: May 25, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Churchill, Pennsylvania, United States

Chloe Lukasiak is an actress, dancer, model, and reality TV personality. She was an original cast member of Lifetime's reality TV series Dance Moms for four seasons. She started attending dance classes at the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was just two years old. She was part of Abby Lee Miller's Junior Elite Competition Team in Dance Moms. 

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Martha Graham
(Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style)
Martha Graham
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Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 1, 1991

Martha Graham was a modern dancer and choreographer who revolutionized American dance. She developed what later became known as the Graham technique, a modern dance movement style and pedagogy. She had an extensive career spanning over 70 years. The Martha Graham School, founded in 1926, is the oldest school of dance in USA.  

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Jeanine Mason
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the CW Drama Series 'Roswell, New Mexico' )
Jeanine Mason
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Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Jeanine Mason is an American actress and dancer. Born into a family that loved dance, she started her dance training early. She trained in jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern, and contemporary dance. She participated in and won the fifth season of the show So You Think You Can Dance. Following this win, she ventured into acting as well. 

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Alan Bersten
(Dancer)
Alan Bersten
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Birthdate: May 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Latin and ballroom dancer Alan Bersten had begun training at 7, and is also well-versed with various forms of dance, including jazz, hip-hop, and Bollywood. At 18, he made it to the finals of So You Think You Can Dance. He later won season 28 of Dancing with the Stars.

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James Pankow
(Musician, Songwriter)
James Pankow
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Birthdate: August 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis

James Pankow is a songwriter, trombone player, and brass instrument player. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. The son of a musician, he started playing the trombone while still in school. He later met fellow musician Walter Parazaider, with whom he founded Chicago. Pankow also often collaborates with the rock band Toto. 

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Brynn Rumfallo
(Dancer, Model)
Brynn Rumfallo
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Birthdate: July 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arizona

A successful model and dancer, Brynn Rumfallo rose to fame at the age of ten when she appeared on the eighth season of America's Got Talent as a contestant.  Famed for her contemporary dance styles, she soon won numerous national and regional competitions, concurrently appearing on other television productions before switching to full time modeling.

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Merce Cunningham
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Merce Cunningham
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Birthdate: April 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Centralia, Washington
Died: July 26, 2009
American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years.  Cunningham was honoured with Japan's Praemium Imperiale and a British Laurence Olivier Award. He was also named Officier of the Légion d'honneur in France. A documentary titled Cunningham was made on his life in 2019.
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Dominic Sandoval
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Birthdate: October 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roseville, California, United States

Dominic Sandoval is a dancer cum YouTuber. He is a member of the hip-hop dance group Quest Crew. He won the third season of the reality TV show America's Best Dance Crew as a part of Quest Crew. Following his win, he was made a judge on the show. His YouTube channel, theDOMINICshow, has huge fan following  

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Lilia Buckingham
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Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Brat TV star Lilia Buckingham is the daughter of Jane Buckingham, the founder of Trendera. She has appeared as Autumn Miller in many Brat productions. Though she doesn’t identify as an influencer, she has a huge social-media presence and has penned the book Influence. She has also come out as bisexual.

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Ian Eastwood
(Dancer, Choreographer)
Ian Eastwood
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Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Dancer Ian Eastwood had begun training at age 10 and gained fame with Mos Wanted Crew, which was featured on America's Best Dance Crew. He has appeared as a dancer/choreographer on Dance Showdown and ABDC7 Return of the Superstars. He has been to 17 countries, teaching and organizing dance workshops.

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Larsen Thompson
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Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California

Successful model, dancer and actor, Larsen Thompson began dancing early in her life. Trained in six different disciplines, including ballet, she appeared in her first film at the age of 10 and started attending international dance conventions by the age of 12. She received her first break at the age of 15 with her choreographed YouTube video IDFWU and is continuing with her journey to stardom without any pause.   

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Doris Humphrey
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Doris Humphrey
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Birthdate: October 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 29, 1958

One of the pioneers of American modern dance, Doris Humphrey had begun her career with the Denishawn dance school. The daughter of a pianist mother, she later launched her own dance school with her mother as the manager. She also excelled in American vaudeville and promoted the dance movement theory.

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Mollee Gray
(Dancer, Actress)
Mollee Gray
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Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orem, Utah

Dancer Mollee Gray is best known for her appearances in the Disney franchise High School Musical and the hit Teen Beach Movie. Now known as one of the best dancers in Los Angeles, she has also been seen in films such as No Strings Attached. She is also a budding singer.

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Neil Haskell
(Contemporary dancer, Gymnast)
Neil Haskell
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Birthdate: April 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Contemporary dancer Neil Haskell is best known for his appearance on So You Think You Can Dance. He began dancing at age 5 and also showed his skills in gymnastics and volleyball. He has performed on Broadway and in the films Going The Distance and Rock of Ages.

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Nadia Turner
(Dancer)
Nadia Turner
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Birthdate: April 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Dancer and Instagram sensation Nadia Turner began her career as a child star, appearing in commercials for brands such as Target and Staples. She gained fame as part of the Brat series Total Eclipse. She is often romantically linked to Johnny Orlando, with whom she has toured as a backup dancer.

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Crystianna Summers
(Contemporary Dancers)
Crystianna Summers
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Birthdate: June 20, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Crystianna Summers had started training in dance at age 5 and later joined the Dollhouse Dance Factory. She led the Dancing Dolls for a while and then had a brief stint as a cheerleader. She is also known for her appearance on the dance reality show Bring It!

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Nicole Laeno
(Dancer, Actress, Model)
Nicole Laeno
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Birthdate: December 5, 2005
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bellflower, California

Trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and jazz funk, Nicole Laeno came to fame at the age of eight when she joined Fusion Studios' Advanced Dance Competition Team. Now a popular dancer, she has 1.4 million followers on Instagram and 3.3 million on Tick Tock. Also an actress and model, she can be seen on various digital network.

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Olivia Haschak
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Birthdate: September 1, 2005
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California, United States

Olivia Haschak is a talented young dancer who is trained in different dance styles. She learned the tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance forms at Temecula Dance Company. In 2015, she teamed up with her sisters Madison, Gracie, and Sierra to launch the YouTube channel Haschak Sisters. They have been featured in the cover video of Kanye West's Clique

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Matthew Nelson
(Singer)
Matthew Nelson
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Birthdate: September 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Monica

Matthew Nelson is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is one of the twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Kristin Nelson. Along with his brother, Gunnar, Matthew founded the rock band Nelson in the 1980s. The brothers enjoyed great success in the 1990s. Besides performing with his brother, Matthew also performs as a solo artist. 

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Madison Haschak
(Dancer, social media personality)
Madison Haschak
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Birthdate: June 28, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: California

Madison Haschak is best known for her YouTube series Haschak Sisters, which also features her sisters. She and her sister Gracie appeared in the MattyBRaps music video My Humps. After starting her training at age 2, she performed her first solo act at age 7, and then joined Temecula Dance Company.

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Lexee Smith
(Dancer, Actress, Model)
Lexee Smith
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Birthdate: March 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Texas

Lexee Smith is a popular dancer who first gained fame as a member of the dance group Latin Flavah. She has a self-titled YouTube channel on which she shares her dance videos. She also shares videos on makeup routines. She is an athletic young woman with a keen interest in sports, especially baseball. 

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Brightyn Brems
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Birthdate: January 10, 2006
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lehi, Utah

Brightyn Brems is a young dancer, model, and emerging social media celebrity. She has appeared in several reality TV shows, such as Dancing With The Stars: Junior and World Of Dance. She started dancing at an early age and is also trained in gymnastics. She is extremely popular on various social media platforms, including Instagram. 

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Nick Mara
(Dancer)
Nick Mara
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Birthdate: November 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Englishtown, New Jersey

Initially a member of the hip-hop dance group ICONic Boyz, Nick Mara was discovered by Simon Cowell and later gained fame as part of the 5-member boy band PRETTYMUCH. He has also appeared on the off-Broadway show Me and Casear Lee and in Disney's Shake It Up.

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Kamryn Beck
(Dancer)
Kamryn Beck
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Birthdate: February 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ohio

Best known for her stint on Dance Moms, dancer Kamryn Beck had begun training at age 3. Often mistaken for Rowan Blanchard for her uncanny similarity with her, Beck learned dance at the Krystie's Dance Academy. She has also toured Australia with stars such as TOKYO Kevin Inouye.

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Jacy Jordan
(Dancer)
Jacy Jordan
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Birthdate: February 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

Jacy Jordan is a dancer who appeared in the reality TV dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2004, she met with a horrible car accident that threatened her life. However, she faced her challenges with great courage to emerge as a popular dancer. She is an inspiration to millions of youngsters across the world. 

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Addison Moffett
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Birthdate: February 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Addison Moffett is a dancer who rose to fame after participating in the reality TV shows The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Her sister, Alexa, is a popular choreographer, and Addison often collaborates with her to teach dance classes. She has been featured as the main dancer on the music video Kendall K: Wear Em Out. 

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Maesi Caes
(Dancer, YouTuber)
Maesi Caes
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Birthdate: March 18, 2005
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Iowa

Two-time Grand National Champion, dancer Maesi Caes gained fame with shows such as Dance Moms and America's Got Talent. Trained at the Dance & Tumbling Studio in Iowa, she loves the hip-hop format of dance the most. She has also toured and performed with Justin Bieber.

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JoJo Gomez
(Dancer, Choreographer)
JoJo Gomez
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Birthdate: July 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fairview, New Jersey

A kinetic and animated dancer, Jojo Gomez became interested in dancing while watching Broadway shows with her parents.  At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles, where in the following year she got her break, dancing at the VMA. Also a successful choreographer and dance instructor, she is quite popular on YouTube.

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Bella Blu
(Dancer, Reality TV Personality)
Bella Blu
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Birthdate: April 30, 2008
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: California

Bella Blu is a young gymnast. She is the younger sister of dancer Asia Ray. Her sister and mother have appeared in the TV show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Due to her sister’s fame, Bella received much attention as a small child. Since then, she has become a popular personality in her own right as a gymnast. 

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Julian DeGuzman
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Birthdate: April 13, 2001
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York

Julian DeGuzman is a popular young dancer who has appeared in the reality TV show America's Best Dance Crew season 7 with the ICONic Boyz. He started dancing as a six-year-old under the guidance of Geo Hubela. He later became a member of the dance group immaBEAST. He has also performed on the TV show Saturday Night Live.  

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Aniyah Inman
(Dancer)
Aniyah Inman
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Birthdate: March 23, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada

Aniyah Inman is a dancer who participated in the 13th season of Fox’s TV dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. She loved to dance from a young age and received her training at the Elk Grove dance studio KAST Academy. Currently, she is affiliated with ImmaBEAST Dance Company. 

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Camryn Bridges
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Birthdate: May 11, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Camryn Bridges is a dancer currently affiliated with the group B. Elite Dance Academy. Interested in dancing from a young age, she has given many solo and group performances. She appeared in the seventh season of the reality dance competition show Dance Moms and promptly won the hearts of the audience. She is also skilled at performing on the trapeze. 

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Russell Horning
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Birthdate: December 19, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Russell Horning is a dancer and social media personality, also known by the nickname the ‘Backpack Kid.’ He became popular for posting funny videos of himself performing dance moves while having a backpack on his back. He gained massive popularity after Rihanna re-shared an Instagram post of his. He has also released a couple of original tracks. 

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Dylynn Jones
(Dancer)
Dylynn Jones
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Birthdate: April 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chandler, Arizona

Dylynn Jones is a dancer who became popular after appearing in the reality TV show America’s Got Talent season 8. She started early as a dancer and has been training in different dance forms since she was three. She is known for her incredibly flexible body movements. She is the recipient of several awards and accolades.