Contemporary Dancers

Contemporary dance has gathered a cult following among professional, trained dancers and dance aspirants around the world and is currently, one of the only dance styles that offer a perfect blend of classical, modern, ballet, flamenco, jazz and non-western dance elements. Contemporary dance is often observed as being closely connected to classical ballet and modern dance and is identified by its strong foot-work, swift torso movements, ballet leaps, varying rhythms and directions and lines in the body. Although not much emphasis is given to the facial expressions in this dance form, in recent times, modern contemporary dance encourages the use of facial expressions to express the dancer’s moods or to narrate a story. A number of famous contemporary dancers like Martha Clarke, Virginia Tanner, Travis Wall, Dada Masilo, Terence Lewis, Sang Jijia and Tadashi Endo, have made their mark in this form of dance around the world. For most contemporary pieces, there are choreographers who back the dancers with a poignant story line and are also in charge of making other creative decisions. Whether the piece is abstract or narrative will depend on the choreographer and the music that the dance is set to. Famous choreographers in the field of contemporary dance include Paulo Henrique, Russell Dumas, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite and Trisha Brown. Here is a list of famous contemporary dancers and choreographers. Explore details about them in their biographies, which include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Emma Portner

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Emma Portner is a popular dancer and choreographer, who has choreographed music videos for celebrities like Justin Bieber. One of the few dancers to have been featured on the covers of both Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit, Portner serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community as she publicly married actress Ellen Page in 2018.

 2 Sofia Boutella

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Algerian, French

Algerian-French dancer, actress and model, Sofia Boutella garnered fame with the hugely successful international commercial campaign for Nike. The success paved way for her to become a star dancer with Rihanna and Madonna. Later, she starred in films like StreetDance 2 and Star Trek Beyond. Earlier, she was a part of French national gymnastics team.

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 3 AJ Pritchard

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Famous As: Dancer, choreographer
Birthdate: November 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

AJ Pritchard is a British television personality, dancer, and choreographer. Pritchard became a household name in the UK after appearing in popular TV shows, such as Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! In 2018, he appeared in the celebrity version of Hunted in an attempt to help Stand Up to Cancer.

 4 Karen Hauer

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Famous As: Professional Dancer
Birthdate: April 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Venezuelan

Karen Hauer is a Venezuelan Latin dance specialist. She has appeared on popular television dance competition series, such as Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance. In 2018, Karen Hauer announced that she would be performing and teaching at Donahey's Dancing with The Stars Weekends. She is currently one of the most popular dancers from Venezuela.

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 5 Lana

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 6 Avneet Kaur

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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Indian actor Avneet Kaur soared to fame with her role of Yasmine in Aladdin – Naam Toh Suna Hoga. Fans also loved her as Charumitra in Chandra Nandini, as Khushi in Hamari Sister Didi, and on the dance shows Dance India Dance Li'l Masters and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5

 7 Larry Bourgeois

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
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 8 Isadora Duncan

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Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 14, 1927

 9 Jeanine Mason

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 10 Juliet Prowse

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian, American, South African
Died: September 14, 1996

 11 Alan Bersten

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 12 Chloe Lukasiak

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Famous As: Dancer, Actor, Model, Social Media Personality
Birthdate: May 25, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 13 Martha Graham

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Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1991

 14 Robert Lamm

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 15 Isha Sharvani

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 16 Merce Cunningham

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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: April 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 2009

 17 James Pankow

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 18 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

 19 Dominic Sandoval

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: October 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Alex Meraz

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 21 Nicole Laeno

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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Model
Birthdate: December 5, 2005
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 22 Brynn Rumfallo

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Famous As: Dancer, Model
Birthdate: July 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 23 Lilia Buckingham

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 24 Mary Wigman

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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: November 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: September 18, 1973

 25 Doris Humphrey

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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: October 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 29, 1958

 26 Larsen Thompson

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Ian Eastwood

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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 28 Bella Blu

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Famous As: Dancer, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: April 30, 2008
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 29 Rina Lipa

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 30 Olivia Haschak

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 1, 2005
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Mollee Gray

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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 Lexee Smith

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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Model
Birthdate: March 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 33 JoJo Gomez

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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: July 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Nick Mara

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 35 Thommie Walsh

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 16, 2007

 36 Jennifer Pappas

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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 37 Bella Lewitzky

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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 16, 2004

 38 Julian DeGuzman

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 13, 2001
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Devyn Nekoda

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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: December 12, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 40 Crystianna Summers

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

 41 Aniyah Inman

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 23, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 42 Russell Horning

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 19, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Kamryn Beck

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 44 Brightyn Brems

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 10, 2006
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Nadia Turner

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Addison Moffett

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 47 Liam Ferrari

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Famous As: Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: October 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 48 Maesi Caes

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Famous As: Dancer, YouTuber
Birthdate: March 18, 2005
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 49 Gianna Newborg

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 50 Jacy Jordan

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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