Famous American Dancers

From Michael Jackson's moonwalk and Elvis Presley's pelvic thrust to Britney Spears' hair flip and Miley Cyrus' twerking, America has given the world some mind-blasting, gravity defying, booty banging, signature moves that has totally redefined the way we jig today. But you will be surprised to know these dancing legends with their oh-so-famous dance moves aren't exactly counted among the top dancers of the land. That is right! Over the years, the land has some legendary dancers and we have seen some pretty amazing foot-works that has made the world sit up and take notice. Be it hip hop, tap dance, jazz, ballet, or burlesque — you name it and the Americans have nailed it. Without losing another moment, let us waltz down the inspiring lives of some of America's most famous dancers in the biographies below. Rest assured their life, timeline, trivia and amazing facts would get you jumping in awe and wonder.

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 1 Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 2002
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Maddie Ziegler owes her fame to the show Dance Moms and to Sia’s music videos Chandelier and Elastic Heart. Named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens thrice, she has written a bestselling memoir, works for charities, has appeared in movies and on magazine covers, and owns a fashion line.

 2 Britney Spears

Britney Spears
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

 3 Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 4 Derek Hough

Derek Hough
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Famous As: Professional Dancer
Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Derek Hough is an American Latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. After winning the dance competition TV series, Dancing with the Stars, for a record six times, Hough used his popularity to launch his acting and singing career. Also a writer, his book Taking the Lead was featured in The New York Times Best Seller list.

 5 Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 6 Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller
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Famous As: Dance Instructor, Reality TV Judge
Birthdate: September 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Abby Lee Miller is a choreographer, dance instructor, and reality TV personality. She is credited with founding the Abby Lee Dance Company where the popular TV series Dance Moms was filmed. The series follows the training of children in dance under the tutelage of Miller. In 2018, Miller was diagnosed with a type of cancer that has left her wheelchair-bound.

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 7 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is known for her association with American Ballet Theatre and is the first Black woman to become the principal dancer there. She also gained fame as a public speaker and stage performer. Named to Time 100, she has also written a memoir and narrated a documentary.
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 8 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 9 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 10 Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: June 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 23, 1987
Legendary dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the musical film Cabaret. Renowned for his signature “jazz hands” style, he also earned the Palme D'Or for All That Jazz and nine Tony Awards for various stage productions, eight of them for choreography. 

 11 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 10, 2014

After starting her film career at the age of three, Shirley Temple went on to become Hollywood's highest-grossing child actress from 1935 to 1938. She is the epitome of popular child stars who lose their charm as they grow up. Despite failing as an adult actress, she is ranked 18th in the greatest female screen legends of Classic Hollywood list.

 12 Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 13 Adrienne Bailon

Adrienne Bailon
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Dancer, Television actor
Birthdate: October 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 14 Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Grant Gustin is best known as Barry Allen/The Flash from the series The Flash and the entire Arrowverse TV franchise. Fans have also loved him as Sebastian Smythe in the series Glee. He also portrayed Baby John in the Broadway revival of the musical West Side Story.

 15 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 16 Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Charisma Carpenter is best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel; Lacy from The Expendables film franchise; and Beth Sullivan from the Josh Kirby... Time Warrior! movie series. She has also posed for Playboy and appeared in the series Charmed and Veronica Mars.

 17 Tina Turner

Tina Turner
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

 18 Lana Condor

Lana Condor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American, Vietnamese
Lana Condor was adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Condor and his wife. She gained fame as Lara Jean Covey from the Netflix film To All the Boys I've Loved Before and its sequel. She has also appeared in the films Patriots Day and X-Men Apocalypse.

 19 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 20 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 21 Bob Hope

Bob Hope
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.

 22 Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Cheryl Burke is an American dancer, TV host, and model. Best known for appearing as a professional dancer on the popular dance competition TV series Dancing with the Stars, Burke became the first professional to win two consecutive seasons. In 2008, she set up her dance studio and created her own line of sportswear in 2009.

 23 André 3000

André 3000
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 24 T-Pain

T-Pain
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, shot to fame with the US Billboard 200-topping album Epiphany. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is known for his signature use of the auto-tune effect. He has delivered hit singles such as I'm on a Boat and has played minor roles in several films.

 25 Janine Lindemulder

Janine Lindemulder
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 26 Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez
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Famous As: Film Actress & Show Host
Birthdate: September 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Rosa Perez is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carla Rodrigo in Fearless and her Emmy-nominated choreography in the series In Living Color. She has also appeared in Broadway plays such as The Ritz and has co-hosted The View. She is also associated with major HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 27 La Toya Jackson

La Toya Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Bebe Neuwirth is best known as Lilith Sternin from Cheers and its spin-off, Frasier, a role that won her two Emmys. She is also a talented stage actor, who has delivered Tony Award–winning performances in Sweet Charity and Chicago. A cat lover, she has donated to various animal charities.

 29 Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 30 James Cagney

James Cagney
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 30, 1986

James Cagney was an American dancer and actor who won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1942 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1984, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was named in the American Film Institute's Greatest Male Stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema list.

 31 Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 32 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 33 Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 34 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 8, 1965

Actress, singer, and dancer Dorothy Dandridge was one of the earliest African-American women stars to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Incredibly successful in her career, she was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a singer, she used to perform in night clubs. Unfortunately, she died under mysterious circumstances at 42.

 35 Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Shameik Moore

Shameik Moore
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 37 Allison Holker

Allison Holker
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Allison Holker is an American dancer known for appearing in the reality TV dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance. She has also worked in several concert tours, films, and television series. In 2007, she was adjudged the National Senior Dancer of the Year. In 2013, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination under the Outstanding Choreography category.

 38 Camille Grammer

Camille Grammer
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Camille Grammer began her career as a dancer and then modeled for Playboy and appeared in R-rated films. She soared to fame with her appearance on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is part owner of Grammnet Productions, her former husband Kelsey Grammer’s production company.

 39 Eva Angelina

Eva Angelina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 40 Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan
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Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 14, 1927

 41 Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Choreographer, Dancer, Television actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Peter Tork

Peter Tork
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 43 Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rapper/choreographer Todrick Hall gained fame after appearing in the ninth season of American Idol. His YouTube videos, featuring his songs and parodies, too, became viral. He has also been a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and is openly gay. He has also appeared as Billy Flynn in the play Chicago.

 44 Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 45 Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1993

 46 JC Chasez

JC Chasez
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: August 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 47 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 48 Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 49 Russ Tamblyn

Russ Tamblyn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Russ Tamblyn is an American actor and dancer who received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the 1957 drama film, Peyton Place. Trained as a gymnast, Tamblyn's acrobatic skills were put to use in films, such as West Side Story. Apart from acting in films and TV series, Russ Tamblyn also worked as a choreographer during the 1980s.

 50 The Big Bopper

The Big Bopper
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Disc jockey, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1959