Famous Black Dancers

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson.
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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 Prince

Prince.
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Famous As: African-American Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 3 Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith.
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

Jaden Smith, son of the famous Hollywood actor Will Smith, made his big screen debut with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness at a young age. Later, The Karate Kid proved to be a big movie for him. The young star, since then, has continued his acting career and simultaneously released two albums and launched his own clothing line.

 4 James Brown

James Brown.
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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 5 Usher

Usher.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 6 Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker.
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Famous As: Entertainer, Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

 7 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland.
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
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 Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr..
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 16, 1990

Nicknamed “Mister Show Business,” posthumous Grammy-winner Samuel Davis Jr. was a multifaceted performer who excelled in dancing, singing, and acting. From delivering vaudeville performances as a child, Samuel graduated to creating Billboard charters and performing with Frank Sinatra as part of the Rat Pack. Sadly, he died in debt.

 9 Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines.
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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.

 10 André 3000

André 3000
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 11 T-Pain

T-Pain.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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.

 12 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.

 13 Alvin Ailey

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

 14 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
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.

 15 Shameik Moore

Shameik Moore
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. State) Georgia, U.S.

 16 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.

 17 Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 18 Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: January 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kenema, Sierra Leone

Michaela DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballerina and writer. She is credited with co-authoring a book titled Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Michaela DePrince achieved popularity in 2011 when she was featured in a documentary titled First Position, which follows her and other ballerinas as they prepare for the upcoming Youth America Grand Prix.

 19 Tina Turner

Tina Turner.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States

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.

 20 Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flatbush, New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 6, 2021

Known for his supporting roles in films such as The Road, 12 Years a Slave, and When They See Us, Michael K. Williams is a budding talent of Hollywood. Fans adored him as Albert "Chalky" White in Boardwalk Empire. He became a critics’ favorite with his Emmy-winning role in Bessie.

 21 Simone Battle

Simone Battle
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 5, 2014

 22 Jacob Latimore

Jacob Latimore
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milwaukee

 23 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 24 Taylour Paige

Taylour Paige.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Taylour Paige is an American actress best known for playing Ahsha Hayes in the popular sports drama television series, Hit the Floor. Also known for her skills as a dancer, Taylour Paige has appeared in music videos, such as Usher's She Came to Give It to You.

 25 Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: November 25, 1949

 26 Fab Morvan

Fab Morvan
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Famous As: Model, Singer, Dancer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris

 27 Fredro Starr

Fredro Starr
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

 28 Miles Brown

Miles Brown.
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: December 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, United States

 29 Bill T. Jones

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

 30 Geoffrey Holder

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

 31 Flex Alexander

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

 32 Frankie Manning

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

 33 Gary Carr

Gary Carr
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, U.K.

 34 Langston Fishburne

Langston Fishburne.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

Langston Fishburne is an American actor best known for portraying the younger version of Bill Foster in the 2018 superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp; the older version of Bill Foster was played by his real-life father Laurence Fishburne. A multi-talented personality, Langston Fishburne also studied ballet in New York City.  

 35 Harold Nicholas

Harold Nicholas
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 3, 2000

 36 Shanice

Shanice
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 37 Clyde McPhatter

Clyde McPhatter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 13, 1972

 38 Akothee

Akothee
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya

 39 Willdabeast Adams

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

 40 Josh Price

Josh Price.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: June 25, 2002
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 41 Akai Osei

Akai Osei.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London

 42 Judith Jamison

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

 43 William King

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

 44 Howard Sims

Howard Sims
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Famous As: Tap dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 20, 2003

Howard Sims was an African-American dancer who specialized in tap dance. He was a regular attraction at Harlem's Apollo Theater from the 1950s to 2000. In the 1980s, he helped revive the interest in tap dance by serving as a cultural ambassador and touring around the world. His dancing skills earned him appearances in films and TV shows. 

 45 Cholly Atkins

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

 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 Florence Mills

Florence Mills
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: November 1, 1927

 48 Jessy Matador

Jessy Matador
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 49 Rodney St. Cloud

Rodney St. Cloud
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Famous As: Dancer, Bodybuilder
Birthdate: December 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 50 Peg Leg Bates

Peg Leg Bates
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: October 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fountain Inn, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 8, 1998