American Female Choreographers

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 1 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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.

 2 Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States

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.

 3 Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orem, Utah, United States
Julianne Hough shot to fame with Dancing with the Stars, in 2007, and eventually won two seasons and returned as a judge. Fans also remember her as Sandy from Grease Live! She aced the U.S. Country charts with her debut album and was also a judge on America's Got Talent.
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 4 Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan
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Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 14, 1927

Isadora Duncan was a dancer acclaimed in USA, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Raised by a single mother, she grew up in poverty and started teaching dance to children to earn some money. She later joined Augustin Daly's theater company. Eventually, she opened her own dance schools to teach her unique philosophy and techniques to her students. 

 5 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

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.

 6 Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez
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Famous As: Film Actress & Show Host
Birthdate: September 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States
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.

 7 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter.  She appeared in the musical-drama TV series Fame and also worked as the series’ principal choreographer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. She runs the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and is a former member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

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 8 Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller
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Famous As: Dance Instructor
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

 9 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
Birthplace: Honolulu

 10 Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

 11 Martha Graham

Martha Graham
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Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
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.  

 12 Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

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.

 13 Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards
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Famous As: Drag Performer
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mesquite, Texas

Alyssa Edwards is an American choreographer, drag performer, and businessperson. She gained international prominence after participating in the reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2013. In June 2019, she was ranked fifth in New York magazine's most powerful drag queens in America list. Alyssa Edwards’ life and career inspired the 2018 docuseries Dancing Queen which premiered on Netflix.

 14 Witney Carson

Witney Carson
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Famous As: Dancer. Choreographer
Birthdate: October 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah

 15 Katherine LaNasa

Katherine LaNasa
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Katherine LaNasa is an American actress known for her starring roles in films like The Campaign and Jayne Mansfield's Car. A former ballet dancer and choreographer, LaNasa started dancing at the age of 12. During the late-1980s, LaNasa assisted choreographer John Carrafa for the 1989 crime and dance drama film Rooftops.

 16 Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States

 17 Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: September 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York

 18 Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking
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Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle

 19 Kimberly Wyatt

Kimberly Wyatt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, United States

 20 Peta Murgatroyd

Peta Murgatroyd
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 21 Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland

Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, author, and choreographer. She is credited with founding Twyla Tharp Dance, which she formed in 1966. In 1976, Twyla Tharp choreographed Push Comes to Shove, which is now regarded as the finest example of crossover ballet. Twyla Tharp has received several prestigious awards, including two Emmy Awards and the National Medal of the Arts.

 22 Briana Evigan

Briana Evigan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 23 Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Miami-based Cuban dancer Janette Manrara is best known for her stint on the reality show Strictly Come Dancing. Fans have also loved her in Glee, Burn the Floor, and So You Think You Can Dance. She is married to her Strictly Come Dancing co-star Slovenian dancer Aljaž Škorjanec.

 24 Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot
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Famous As: Painter, Choreographer, Model
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine

Françoise Gilot is a French painter whose professional career was overshadowed by her long and turbulent relationship with Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. After breaking up with Picasso, with whom Gilot had two children, the former deterred galleries from buying her work. He even tried blocking the release of her memoir Life With Picasso which was released in 1964.

 25 Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn
Died: May 21, 2006

Dancer, choreographer, and social activist Katherine Dunham was also a qualified anthropologist. She experimented with various ritual dances, and her innovations included a ballet performance based on Caribbean dance. She also pioneered the Dunham Technique of dance pedagogy and used the pen-name Kaye Dunn to write several works.

 26 Loie Fuller

Loie Fuller
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Famous As: Actor, Lighting designer, Choreographer, Artist, Dancer, Stage actor, Model
Birthdate: January 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: January 1, 1928

 27 Patsy Swayze

Patsy Swayze
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harris County, Texas, United States
Died: September 16, 2013

 28 Chachi Gonzales

Chachi Gonzales
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Famous As: Choreographer & Dancer
Birthdate: January 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 29 Marge Champion

Marge Champion
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Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 30 Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille
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Famous As: American dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 7, 1993

 31 Toni Basil

Toni Basil
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 32 Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Choreographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 33 Robin Antin

Robin Antin
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter, Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Robin Antin is an American dancer, actress, singer, entrepreneur, clothing designer, and choreographer. Antin is credited with founding the Pussycat Dolls, a modern burlesque troupe that went on to become famous. She is also credited with creating other popular girl groups like the Paradiso Girls, Girlicious, and G.R.L. As a choreographer, she has worked with well-known personalities like Paris Hilton.

 34 Susan Stroman

Susan Stroman
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Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: October 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

 35 Mia Michaels

Mia Michaels
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: February 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida

 36 Grethe Barrett Holby

Grethe Barrett Holby
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Famous As: Opera Producer
Birthdate: April 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States

 37 Jeanne Coyne

Jeanne Coyne
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Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: May 10, 1973

 38 Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann
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Famous As: Artist, Choreographer, Painter, University teacher, Graphic artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fox Chase

 39 Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 40 Natalia Makarova

Natalia Makarova
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Ballet master, Actor
Birthdate: November 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

 41 Ruth St. Denis

Ruth St. Denis
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: July 21, 1968

 42 Kherington Payne

Kherington Payne
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Choreographer, Dancer, Television presenter
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whittier

 43 Doris Humphrey

Doris Humphrey
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
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.

 44 June Taylor

June Taylor
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: December 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: May 16, 2004

 45 Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Dancer
Birthdate: November 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco

 46 Janet Collins

Janet Collins
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003

 47 Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: November 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: March 18, 2017

 48 Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: October 29, 1994

 49 Vera Zorina

Vera Zorina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 9, 2003

Vera Zorina was a Norwegian actress, ballet dancer, and choreographer. She is best remembered for her ballet performances, which were choreographed by her husband George Balanchine, in films like On Your Toes, I Was an Adventuress, The Goldwyn Follies, and Louisiana Purchase.   

 50 Hanya Holm

Hanya Holm
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Worms, Germany
Died: November 3, 1992

Hanya Holm was a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. One of the founders of American modern dance, Holm taught at prestigious institutions like the Juilliard School. In 1976, she was honored with the Heritage Award by the National Dance Association. In 1988, Hanya Holm was made an inductee of The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame.