Famous Black Choreographers

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson.
Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
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.  

 2 Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines.
Famous As: Dancer and Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 9, 2003
Gregory Hines is remembered as one of the greatest tap dancers in the world. His performance in the Broadway play Jelly's Last Jam won him a Tony and a Drama Desk award. He also won an Emmy for his voice role in Little Bill and hosted his own show.

 3 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor.
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.

 4 Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham.
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.

 5 Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey.
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rogers, Texas, U.S.
Died: December 1, 1989

 6 Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: October 5, 2014

 7 Flex Alexander

Flex Alexander
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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 8 Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning
Famous As: Dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: April 27, 2009

 9 Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: February 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bunnell, Florida, United States

 10 Willdabeast Adams

Willdabeast Adams.
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

 11 Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 12 William King

William King
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 13 Cholly Atkins

Cholly Atkins
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pratt City, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: April 19, 2003

 14 Janet Collins

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

 15 Pearl Primus

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

 16 Rex Nettleford

Rex Nettleford
Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: February 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica
Died: February 2, 2010

 17 Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 18 Germaine Acogny

Germaine Acogny
Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Allahé, Benin

 19 Mary Hinkson

Mary Hinkson
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 2014

 20 Eboni Nichols

Eboni Nichols.
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: California