Famous Black Dancers

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 1 
Michael Jackson
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Figures of the 20th Century Popularly Known as the 'King of Pop')

Michael Jackson
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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.  

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James Brown
(Central Progenitor of Funk Music and Referred to as 'Godfather of Soul')

James Brown
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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.

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")

Eartha Kitt
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Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
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.

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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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André 3000
(Rapper)

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

 6 
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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MC Hammer
(One of the Most Significant Rappers and Dancers of All Time)

MC Hammer
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Birthdate: March 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Rap legend MC Hammer, a pioneer of the pop-rap genre, became the first hip-hop artist to earn the “diamond” status. He is also known for his chartbusting tracks such as U Can't Touch This and his signature "Hammer pants." He later became a preacher and hosted his own reality show.
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 8 
Alvin Ailey
(Dancer)

Alvin Ailey
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Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rogers, Texas, United States
Died: December 1, 1989

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Mýa
(Best Known for Her Singles “Take Me There”, "Lady Marmalade" and “Lil' Kim”)

Mýa
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Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Singer Mýa initially gained fame with Teen Summit and then released hit singles such as Case of the Ex. She earned her first Grammy for the recreation of the 1975 hit Lady Marmalade, with Pink, Lil' Kim, and Christina Aguilera. She has also appeared in film such as Chicago.

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Jasmine Guy
(Actress)

Jasmine Guy
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Birthdate: March 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Jasmine Guy gained recognition as Dina in the film School Daze. She also won six NAACP Image Awards for playing Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show. She has also played a recurring role in The Vampire Diaries and has released a few R&B hits.

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Normani Hamilton
(Member of One of the Best-Selling Girl Groups of All Time 'Fifth Harmony')

Normani Hamilton
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Birthdate: May 31, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Normani Hamilton is an American dancer and singer. Hamilton, who was part of the popular girl group Fifth Harmony, has won several awards, such as BMI Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Also a philanthropist, Hamilton has been involved with charities like the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Since 2017, she has been serving as a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

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Michaela DePrince
(Ballet dancer)

Michaela DePrince
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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.

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Jackie Jackson
(Singer best known as a founding member of the Jackson 5)

Jackie Jackson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

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

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LaWanda Page
(Actress)

LaWanda Page
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Birthdate: October 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 14, 2002

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Simone Battle
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)

Simone Battle
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Birthdate: June 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 5, 2014

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

 18 
Taylour Paige
(Actress)

Taylour Paige
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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.

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Miles Brown
(Actor, Dancer)

Miles Brown
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Birthdate: December 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, United States

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Oti Mabuse
(Dancer on the British television series, Strictly Come Dancing, and its German equivalent, Let's Dance)

Oti Mabuse
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Birthdate: August 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

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

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

 23 
Fredro Starr
(Rapper)

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

 24 
Fred Berry
(Actor)

Fred Berry
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Birthdate: March 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 21, 2003

 25 
Shanice
(Singer-Songwriter)

Shanice
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Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 26 
Gary Carr
(Actor)

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

 27 
Jacob Latimore
(Actor, Television actor, Singer)

Jacob Latimore
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Birthdate: August 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milwaukee

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Langston Fishburne
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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.  

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Bill T. Jones
(Choreographer)

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

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Motsi Mabuse
(Dancer who appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing but later became a judge on the show)

Motsi Mabuse
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Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mankwe, South Africa

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Frankie Manning
(Dancer and choreographer)

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

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

 33 
Lamar Johnson
(Actor, Dancer)

Lamar Johnson
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Birthdate: July 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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

 35 

Jermaine Stewart
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Birthdate: September 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 1997

 36 
Koffi Olomide
(Singer, Musician)

Koffi Olomide
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Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 37 
Paula Kelly
(Actress, Dancer)

Paula Kelly
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: February 8, 2020

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

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Josh Price
(Dancer)

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

 40 
Howard Sims
(Tap dancer)

Howard Sims
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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. 

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

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Femi Taylor
(Dancer, actress, best known for portraying Jabba the Hutt's Twi'lek slave dancer Oola in the 1983)

Femi Taylor
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Birthdate: April 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Niger

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Lola Rae
(Singer, Dancer)

Lola Rae
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Birthdate: January 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Obalende, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

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

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

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Akai Osei
(Actor)

Akai Osei
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Birthdate: April 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London

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Akothee
(Singer, Musician)

Akothee
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Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya

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

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William King
(Singer)

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