Famous Black Dancers

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 1 Teyana Taylor

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Misty Copeland

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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 3 André 3000

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 4 T-Pain

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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.

 5 Josephine Baker

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
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.

 6 Michael Jackson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.  

 7 Shameik Moore

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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 8 Dorothy Dandridge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 9 Tina Turner

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 10 Danny John-Jules

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 11 Simone Battle

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2014

 12 Jacob Latimore

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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 13 Rochelle Aytes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 14 Fab Morvan

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Famous As: Model, Singer, Dancer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 15 Fredro Starr

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 16 Flex Alexander

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 17 Bill Robinson

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 25, 1949

 18 Geoffrey Holder

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, Trinidadian, American
Died: October 5, 2014

 19 Gary Carr

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 20 Shanice

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 21 Alvin Ailey

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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 1989

 22 Taylour Paige

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 23 Langston Fishburne

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 24 Frankie Manning

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Famous As: Dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 2009

 25 Harold Nicholas

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 3, 2000

 26 Katherine Dunham

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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 21, 2006

 27 Clyde McPhatter

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 1972

 28 Bill T. Jones

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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: February 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 29 Akai Osei

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 30 Judith Jamison

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus

 31 Howard Sims

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Famous As: Tap dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 20, 2003

 32 Cholly Atkins

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 19, 2003

 33 Florence Mills

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 1, 1927

 34 Janet Collins

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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2003

 35 Pearl Primus

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1994

 36 Peg Leg Bates

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: October 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 1998

 37 Rex Nettleford

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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: February 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: February 2, 2010

 38 Jimmy Slyde

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: October 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2008

 39 Albert Evans

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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 22, 2015

 40 Kyle Abraham

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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Mary Hinkson

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 26, 2014

 42 Sammy Davis Jr.

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 43 Donielle Hansley

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 4, 2004
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 44 Charlize Glass

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Famous As: Hip-Hop Dancer
Birthdate: November 27, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 45 Eboni Nichols

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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 46 Crystianna Summers

Crystianna Summers
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Famous As: Contemporary Dancers
Birthdate: June 20, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 47 Mampi

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Zambian

 48 Jalaiah Harmon

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 28, 2005
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American