Famous Black Dancers

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana
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 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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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

 6 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

 7 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
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 8 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.

 9 André 3000

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

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Jean 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.

 13 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.

 14 Danny John-Jules

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

 15 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

 16 Jacob Latimore

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

 17 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.

 18 Fab Morvan

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

 19 Fredro Starr

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

 20 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

 21 Miles Brown

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

 22 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

 23 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.

 24 Gary Carr

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

 25 Shanice

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

 26 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

 27 Langston Fishburne

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

 28 Michaela DePrince

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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 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

 32 Willdabeast Adams

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

 33 Josh Price

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

 34 Akai Osei

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

 35 Judith Jamison

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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Jessy Matador

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

 41 Pearl Primus

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

 42 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

 43 Mampi

Mampi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia

 44 Rex Nettleford

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

 45 Jimmy Slyde

Jimmy Slyde
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: October 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: May 16, 2008

 46 Albert Evans

Albert Evans
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 22, 2015

 47 Kyle Abraham

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

 48 Mary Hinkson

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

 49 Yulisa Pat Amadu Maddy

Yulisa Pat Amadu Maddy
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: March 16, 2014

 50 Eboni Nichols

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