Classical Dancers

Any classical dance form, be it western, middle-eastern or Indian, is characterized mostly by conventional steps, elaborate formal gestures, steps, poses, movement precision and above all, a codified structure. In the western world, ballet and flamenco would be considered western classical dance forms, that provide the basic foundational training to any budding dancer who would want to improve his/her body strength, stamina, fine lines, movements, posture, hand and foot work. In the Middle East, classical ‘Raks Sharqi’ or middle-eastern, ‘oriental’ forms are believed to have been secret exercises or movements passed down from mothers to daughters through the ages. Classical dances could also refer to Indian classical styles of dance which are Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam; all set to a codified set of theories, known as the ‘Natya Shastra’. All around the world, there has been a propagation of various classical styles of dance with a growing need to understand and relate to specific cultures and also to be able to incorporate the art of specific, classical stagecraft into one’s everyday routine. Famous classical dancers and choreographers are Maurice Bejart, Alicia Alonso, Sir Anton Dolin, Natalia Makarova, Peter Martins, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Rukmini Devi Arundale, Uday Shankar, Sujata Mohapatra, Aziza, Samia Gamal and Naima Akef. If you would like to learn more on classical dancers and choreographers, then go through the list and explore details about them in their biographies, which include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

 2 Sahara Davenport

Sahara Davenport.
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Famous As: Drag Queen
Birthdate: December 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: October 1, 2012

Sahara Davenport was an American reality television personality, drag queen, singer, and classically trained dancer. She came into prominence after appearing in the popular reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010. Davenport, who struggled with drug addiction throughout her life, died of heart failure, at the age of 27.

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 3 Asha Parekh

Asha Parekh.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

 4 Manju Warrier

Manju Warrier.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India
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 5 Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasargod, Kerala, India

 6 Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 7 Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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 8 Gracy Singh

Gracy Singh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 9 Vani Ganapathy

Vani Ganapathy.
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Famous As: Classical Dancer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Indian classical dancer Vani Ganapathy now owns a Bangalore-based dance school called Sanchari. She is also known as veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s first wife and appeared with Haasan in a dance sequence in the Tamil film Melnaattu Marumagal. She was also Haasan’s costume designer for a while.

 10 Bhanupriya

Bhanupriya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh

 11 Pallavi Sharda

Pallavi Sharda
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

 12 Sukanya

Sukanya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Apart from being a talented Bharatnatyam dancer, Sukanya has also made her mark as an actor in South Indian films. She won a Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Innathe Chintha Vishayam. She has also appeared in series and has released two devotional albums.

 13 Padmini

Padmini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, India
Died: September 24, 2006

 14 Vineeth

Vineeth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thalassery, Kerala, India

 15 Sukumari

Sukumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Travancore, British India (present-day Tamil Nadu, India)
Died: March 26, 2013

 16 Rukmini Devi Arundale

Rukmini Devi Arundale.
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Famous As: Bharatnatyam Dancer
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: February 24, 1986

 17 Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai.
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Famous As: Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Birthdate: May 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

 18 Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai.
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Famous As: Classical Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerala
Died: January 21, 2016

 19 Muktha

Muktha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolenchery, Kerala, India

 20 Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj.
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Famous As: Kathak Dancer
Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Varanasi

 21 Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

Lakshmi Gopalaswamy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

 22 Sheela Rajkumar

Sheela Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actress, Classical dancer
Birthdate: June 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jayankondam, Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu, India

 23 Kalaranjini

Kalaranjini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kerala, India

 24 Rudolf von Laban

Rudolf von Laban
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Famous As: Dance Artist
Birthdate: December 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died: July 1, 1958

 25 Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh.
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Famous As: Odissi Dancer
Birthdate: April 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai

 26 Prabha

Prabha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tenali, Andra Pradesh, India

 27 Yamini Krishnamurthy

Yamini Krishnamurthy
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madanapalle, India

 28 Indrani Rahman

Indrani Rahman
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 5, 1999

 29 Chitrasena

Chitrasena
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Died: July 18, 2005

 30 T. Balasaraswati

T. Balasaraswati
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 9, 1984

 31 Kelucharan Mohapatra

Kelucharan Mohapatra
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Raghurajpur, Puri, Odisha, India
Died: April 7, 2004

 32 Anna Sokolow

Anna Sokolow
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 29, 2000

 33 Mayadhar Raut

Mayadhar Raut
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kantapenhara, India

 34 Meenakshi Seshadri

Meenakshi Seshadri
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sindri, Bihar, India

 35 Bulantrisna Djelantik

Bulantrisna Djelantik
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Famous As: Dancer, Physician
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indonesia
Died: February 24, 2021

 36 Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala
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Famous As: Film actress, Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Triplicane, Chennai, India
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