American Female Choreographers

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Jennifer Lopez
(Singer, Actress, Dancer)
Jennifer Lopez
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Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castle Hill, 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.

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Paula Abdul
(Her Album 'Forever Your Girl' was One of The Most Successful Albums in 1988)
Paula Abdul
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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.

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Julianne Hough
(Judge on Dancing with the Stars)
Julianne Hough
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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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Isadora Duncan
(American Dancer and Choreographer)
Isadora Duncan
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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. 

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Teyana Taylor
(Singer-Songwriter Who Appeared on MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16')
Teyana Taylor
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Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

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.

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Debbie Allen
(Actress Best Known for Her Work in the Musical-Drama Television Series 'Fame')
Debbie Allen
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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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Lisa Niemi
(Writer, Director and Lead Actress of the Film 'One Last Dance')
Lisa Niemi
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Birthdate: May 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Lisa Niemi is known for her appearance in Steel Dawn and One Last Dance, with her former husband Patrick Swayze. She also released memoirs, both New York Times bestsellers and one of them co-written by Swayze. Swayze’s death due to pancreatic cancer led her to spread awareness about the ailment.
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Abby Lee Miller
(Dancer, Choreographer and Founder of ‘Abby Lee Dance Company’)
Abby Lee Miller
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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 
Mayte Garcia
(Actress & Dancer Known as the World’s Youngest Professional Belly Dancer)
Mayte Garcia
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Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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Allison Holker
(American Dancer, Choreographer, and Actress Known for Her TV Dance Competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance’)
Allison Holker
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Birthdate: February 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Anoka County, Minnesota, United States

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.

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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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Ashley Roberts
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Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Carrie Ann Inaba
(Television personality, dancer, choreographer best known for her work on ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars for which she has served as a judge since 2005)
Carrie Ann Inaba
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Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Witney Carson
(Dancer. Choreographer)
Witney Carson
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Birthdate: October 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah, United States
 15 
Katherine LaNasa
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Sitcom ‘Three Sisters’ and Films: ‘The Frozen Ground’, 'The Campaign')
Katherine LaNasa
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Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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.

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Twyla Tharp
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Twyla Tharp
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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.

 17 
Gates McFadden
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Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
 18 
Khandi Alexander
(Dancer, Actress)
Khandi Alexander
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Birthdate: September 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
 19 
Briana Evigan
(Actress)
Briana Evigan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Shura Baryshnikov
(Dancer, Choreographer, Actress)
Shura Baryshnikov
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Birthdate: March 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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Ann Reinking
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Ann Reinking
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Birthdate: November 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle
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Katherine Dunham
(One of the Most Successful Dancers of the 20th Century)
Katherine Dunham
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Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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.

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Kimberly Wyatt
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Birthdate: February 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, United States
 24 
Loie Fuller
(Actor, Lighting designer, Choreographer, Artist, Dancer, Stage actor, Model)
Loie Fuller
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Birthdate: January 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: January 1, 1928
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Patsy Swayze
(Choreographer)
Patsy Swayze
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Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harris County, Texas, United States
Died: September 16, 2013
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Agnes de Mille
(American dancer and choreographer)
Agnes de Mille
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Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 7, 1993
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Peta Murgatroyd
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Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Chachi Gonzales
(Choreographer & Dancer)
Chachi Gonzales
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Birthdate: January 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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Toni Basil
(Singer)
Toni Basil
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Birthdate: September 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Marge Champion
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Marge Champion
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Birthdate: September 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Wendee Lee
(Actor, Television actor, Choreographer, Screenwriter)
Wendee Lee
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Birthdate: February 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Robin Antin
(Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter, Actor, Dancer)
Robin Antin
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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.

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Susan Stroman
(Theatre Director)
Susan Stroman
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Birthdate: October 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
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Grethe Barrett Holby
(Opera Producer)
Grethe Barrett Holby
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Birthdate: April 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
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Mia Michaels
(Choreographer)
Mia Michaels
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Birthdate: February 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida
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Jeanne Coyne
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Jeanne Coyne
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: May 10, 1973
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Meredith Monk
(Musician)
Meredith Monk
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Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 38 
Ruth St. Denis
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Birthdate: January 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: July 21, 1968
 39 
Kherington Payne
(Actor, Singer, Choreographer, Dancer, Television presenter)
Kherington Payne
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Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whittier
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June Taylor
(Choreographer)
June Taylor
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Birthdate: December 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: May 16, 2004
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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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Karen Hauer
(Latin Dancer Best Known for Her Appearances on the British TV Series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’)
Karen Hauer
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Birthdate: April 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela

Karen Hauer is a Venezuelan Latin dance specialist. She has appeared on popular television dance competition series, such as Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance. In 2018, Karen Hauer announced that she would be performing and teaching at Donahey's Dancing with The Stars Weekends. She is currently one of the most popular dancers from Venezuela.

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Yvonne Rainer
(Film director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Dancer)
Yvonne Rainer
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Birthdate: November 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco
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Trisha Brown
(Choreographer)
Trisha Brown
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Birthdate: November 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: March 18, 2017
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Janet Collins
(Ballet Dancer)
Janet Collins
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Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003
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Nora Kaye
(Ballerina)
Nora Kaye
2
Birthdate: January 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 28, 1987
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Pearl Primus
(Dancer)
Pearl Primus
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Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: October 29, 1994
 48 
Pearl Lang
(Dancer)
Pearl Lang
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Birthdate: May 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 24, 2009
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Mia Fyre
(Actress, Choreographer)
Mia Fyre
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Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States
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Anna Sokolow
(Dancer)
Anna Sokolow
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Birthdate: February 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 29, 2000