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
Birthplace: Ottawa

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 AJ Pritchard

AJ Pritchard.
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Famous As: Dancer, choreographer
Birthdate: November 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent

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.

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 3 Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan.
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Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: September 14, 1927

Isadora Duncan was a dancer acclaimed in USA, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Raised by a single mother, she grew up in poverty and started teaching dance to children to earn some money. She later joined Augustin Daly's theater company. Eventually, she opened her own dance schools to teach her unique philosophy and techniques to her students. 

 4 Larry Bourgeois

Larry Bourgeois.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sarcelles

Larry Bourgeois became an international sensation performing as part of the hip-hop dance duo Les Twins, with his identical twin brother, Laurent Bourgeois. The French-born dancer first gained fame when a YouTube video of the duo went viral in the U.S. He has also modeled at the Paris Fashion Week.

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 5 Chloe Lukasiak

Chloe Lukasiak.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actor, Model, Social Media Personality
Birthdate: May 25, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Churchill, Pennsylvania, United States

Chloe Lukasiak is an actress, dancer, model, and reality TV personality. She was an original cast member of Lifetime's reality TV series Dance Moms for four seasons. She started attending dance classes at the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was just two years old. She was part of Abby Lee Miller's Junior Elite Competition Team in Dance Moms. 

 6 Martha Graham

Martha Graham.
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Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny County
Died: April 1, 1991

Martha Graham was a modern dancer and choreographer who revolutionized American dance. She developed what later became known as the Graham technique, a modern dance movement style and pedagogy. She had an extensive career spanning over 70 years. The Martha Graham School, founded in 1926, is the oldest school of dance in USA.  

 7 Robert Lamm

Robert Lamm
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Legendary American artist Robert Lamm is also a keyboardist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. He penned hits like Beginnings, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?. Lamm has been a guest lecturer on music production at Stanford University. He also lectured at New York University on songwriting. 
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 8 Avneet Kaur

Avneet Kaur.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab
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

 9 Karen Hauer

Karen Hauer.
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Famous As: Professional Dancer
Birthdate: April 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela

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.

 10 Jeanine Mason

Jeanine Mason
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Jeanine Mason is an American actress and dancer. Born into a family that loved dance, she started her dance training early. She trained in jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern, and contemporary dance. She participated in and won the fifth season of the show So You Think You Can Dance. Following this win, she ventured into acting as well. 

 11 Juliet Prowse

Juliet Prowse.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: September 14, 1996

Juliet Prowse was an actress and dancer whose stage, film, and TV career spanned 40 years. She gained prominence during the 1960s by appearing in films like Can-Can and G.I. Blues, which accentuated her dancing skills and her attractive legs. Towards the end of her career, Juliet Prowse hosted PBS' Championship Ballroom Dance Competition

 12 James Pankow

James Pankow
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis

James Pankow is a songwriter, trombone player, and brass instrument player. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. The son of a musician, he started playing the trombone while still in school. He later met fellow musician Walter Parazaider, with whom he founded Chicago. Pankow also often collaborates with the rock band Toto. 

 13 Dominic Sandoval

Dominic Sandoval.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: October 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roseville, California, United States

Dominic Sandoval is a dancer cum YouTuber. He is a member of the hip-hop dance group Quest Crew. He won the third season of the reality TV show America's Best Dance Crew as a part of Quest Crew. Following his win, he was made a judge on the show. His YouTube channel, theDOMINICshow, has huge fan following  

 14 Alan Bersten

Alan Bersten.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Latin and ballroom dancer Alan Bersten had begun training at 7, and is also well-versed with various forms of dance, including jazz, hip-hop, and Bollywood. At 18, he made it to the finals of So You Think You Can Dance. He later won season 28 of Dancing with the Stars.

 15 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

Dancer, choreographer, and social activist Katherine Dunham was also a qualified anthropologist. She experimented with various ritual dances, and her innovations included a ballet performance based on Caribbean dance. She also pioneered the Dunham Technique of dance pedagogy and used the pen-name Kaye Dunn to write several works.

 16 Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham.
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: April 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Centralia, Washington
Died: July 26, 2009
American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years.  Cunningham was honoured with Japan's Praemium Imperiale and a British Laurence Olivier Award. He was also named Officier of the Légion d'honneur in France. A documentary titled Cunningham was made on his life in 2019.

 17 Brynn Rumfallo

Brynn Rumfallo.
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Famous As: Dancer, Model
Birthdate: July 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arizona

A successful model and dancer, Brynn Rumfallo rose to fame at the age of ten when she appeared on the eighth season of America's Got Talent as a contestant.  Famed for her contemporary dance styles, she soon won numerous national and regional competitions, concurrently appearing on other television productions before switching to full time modeling.

 18 Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: India

 19 Alex Meraz

Alex Meraz
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mesa, Arizona, United States U.S.

Alex Meraz is a dancer, actor, and martial artist. He trained at the New School for the Arts and has a successful career as a painter and illustrator. He has also studied mixed martial arts and is an expert in many different forms of dance. As an actor, he is best known for his role in the film New Moon. 

 

 20 Lilia Buckingham

Lilia Buckingham.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Brat TV star Lilia Buckingham is the daughter of Jane Buckingham, the founder of Trendera. She has appeared as Autumn Miller in many Brat productions. Though she doesn’t identify as an influencer, she has a huge social-media presence and has penned the book Influence. She has also come out as bisexual.

 21 Ian Eastwood

Ian Eastwood.
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Dancer Ian Eastwood had begun training at age 10 and gained fame with Mos Wanted Crew, which was featured on America's Best Dance Crew. He has appeared as a dancer/choreographer on Dance Showdown and ABDC7 Return of the Superstars. He has been to 17 countries, teaching and organizing dance workshops.

 22 Mary Wigman

Mary Wigman.
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: November 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: September 18, 1973

Mary Wigman was a German dancer best remembered for pioneering dance therapy and expressionist dance. Also a choreographer, Wigman is also credited with pioneering movement training sans pointe shoes. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent personalities in modern dance history, Mary Wigman is also considered an iconic figure of Weimar German culture.

 23 Doris Humphrey

Doris Humphrey.
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Famous As: Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: October 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 29, 1958

One of the pioneers of American modern dance, Doris Humphrey had begun her career with the Denishawn dance school. The daughter of a pianist mother, she later launched her own dance school with her mother as the manager. She also excelled in American vaudeville and promoted the dance movement theory.

 24 Larsen Thompson

Larsen Thompson.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California

Successful model, dancer and actor, Larsen Thompson began dancing early in her life. Trained in six different disciplines, including ballet, she appeared in her first film at the age of 10 and started attending international dance conventions by the age of 12. She received her first break at the age of 15 with her choreographed YouTube video IDFWU and is continuing with her journey to stardom without any pause.   

 25 Mollee Gray

Mollee Gray.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orem, Utah

Dancer Mollee Gray is best known for her appearances in the Disney franchise High School Musical and the hit Teen Beach Movie. Now known as one of the best dancers in Los Angeles, she has also been seen in films such as No Strings Attached. She is also a budding singer.

 26 Neil Haskell

Neil Haskell
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Famous As: Contemporary dancer, Gymnast
Birthdate: April 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Contemporary dancer Neil Haskell is best known for his appearance on So You Think You Can Dance. He began dancing at age 5 and also showed his skills in gymnastics and volleyball. He has performed on Broadway and in the films Going The Distance and Rock of Ages.

 27 Emma Eliza Regan

Emma Eliza Regan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moycullen, County Galway, Ireland

 28 Jennifer Pappas

Jennifer Pappas.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 29 Thommie Walsh

Thommie Walsh
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: June 16, 2007
American dancer, choreographer and author Thommie Walsh was an original cast member of the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, He received the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his choreography in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine and My One and Only. Walsh is also known for creating role of Bobby in the original production of A Chorus Line

 30 Bella Lewitzky

Bella Lewitzky
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 16, 2004

Choreographer and dancer Bella Lewitzky was born to Russian immigrants in Los Angeles. She was associated with Lester Horton’s dance company as a lead dancer and popularized his dance pedagogy. She initially co-founded Dance Theater and later formed her own Lewitzky Dance Company, which gained international renown.

 31 Rina Lipa

Rina Lipa.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 32 Crystianna Summers

Crystianna Summers.
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Famous As: Contemporary Dancers
Birthdate: June 20, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Crystianna Summers had started training in dance at age 5 and later joined the Dollhouse Dance Factory. She led the Dancing Dolls for a while and then had a brief stint as a cheerleader. She is also known for her appearance on the dance reality show Bring It!

 33 Bree Wasylenko

Bree Wasylenko.
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: June 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okotoks

 34 Gianna Newborg

Gianna Newborg.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yardley, Pennsylvania

Gianna Newborg gained fame as the runner-up of the second season of the Lifetime dance reality show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, where she was part of the Madonna trio. A specialist in jazz and lyrical dance, she once revealed that she is also considering an alternate career as a nurse.

 35 Brightyn Brems

Brightyn Brems.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 10, 2006
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lehi, Utah

Brightyn Brems is a young dancer, model, and emerging social media celebrity. She has appeared in several reality TV shows, such as Dancing With The Stars: Junior and World Of Dance. She started dancing at an early age and is also trained in gymnastics. She is extremely popular on various social media platforms, including Instagram. 

 36 Nicole Laeno

Nicole Laeno.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Model
Birthdate: December 5, 2005
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bellflower, California

Trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and jazz funk, Nicole Laeno came to fame at the age of eight when she joined Fusion Studios' Advanced Dance Competition Team. Now a popular dancer, she has 1.4 million followers on Instagram and 3.3 million on Tick Tock. Also an actress and model, she can be seen on various digital network.

 37 Jacy Jordan

Jacy Jordan.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

Jacy Jordan is a dancer who appeared in the reality TV dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2004, she met with a horrible car accident that threatened her life. However, she faced her challenges with great courage to emerge as a popular dancer. She is an inspiration to millions of youngsters across the world. 

 38 Olivia Haschak

Olivia Haschak.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 1, 2005
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California, United States

Olivia Haschak is a talented young dancer who is trained in different dance styles. She learned the tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance forms at Temecula Dance Company. In 2015, she teamed up with her sisters Madison, Gracie, and Sierra to launch the YouTube channel Haschak Sisters. They have been featured in the cover video of Kanye West's Clique

 39 Madison Haschak

Madison Haschak.
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Famous As: Dancer, social media personality
Birthdate: June 28, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: California

Madison Haschak is best known for her YouTube series Haschak Sisters, which also features her sisters. She and her sister Gracie appeared in the MattyBRaps music video My Humps. After starting her training at age 2, she performed her first solo act at age 7, and then joined Temecula Dance Company.

 40 Nadia Turner

Nadia Turner.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Dancer and Instagram sensation Nadia Turner began her career as a child star, appearing in commercials for brands such as Target and Staples. She gained fame as part of the Brat series Total Eclipse. She is often romantically linked to Johnny Orlando, with whom she has toured as a backup dancer.

 41 Bianca Li

Bianca Li
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Granada, Spain

 42 Dylynn Jones

Dylynn Jones.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chandler, Arizona

Dylynn Jones is a dancer who became popular after appearing in the reality TV show America’s Got Talent season 8. She started early as a dancer and has been training in different dance forms since she was three. She is known for her incredibly flexible body movements. She is the recipient of several awards and accolades. 

 43 Lexee Smith

Lexee Smith.
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Model
Birthdate: March 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Texas

Lexee Smith is a popular dancer who first gained fame as a member of the dance group Latin Flavah. She has a self-titled YouTube channel on which she shares her dance videos. She also shares videos on makeup routines. She is an athletic young woman with a keen interest in sports, especially baseball. 

 44 Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Monica

Matthew Nelson is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is one of the twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Kristin Nelson. Along with his brother, Gunnar, Matthew founded the rock band Nelson in the 1980s. The brothers enjoyed great success in the 1990s. Besides performing with his brother, Matthew also performs as a solo artist. 

 45 Liam Ferrari

Liam Ferrari.
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: October 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

 46 JoJo Gomez

JoJo Gomez.
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: July 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fairview, New Jersey

A kinetic and animated dancer, Jojo Gomez became interested in dancing while watching Broadway shows with her parents.  At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles, where in the following year she got her break, dancing at the VMA. Also a successful choreographer and dance instructor, she is quite popular on YouTube.

 47 Addison Moffett

Addison Moffett.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Addison Moffett is a dancer who rose to fame after participating in the reality TV shows The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Her sister, Alexa, is a popular choreographer, and Addison often collaborates with her to teach dance classes. She has been featured as the main dancer on the music video Kendall K: Wear Em Out. 

 48 Kamryn Beck

Kamryn Beck.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ohio

Best known for her stint on Dance Moms, dancer Kamryn Beck had begun training at age 3. Often mistaken for Rowan Blanchard for her uncanny similarity with her, Beck learned dance at the Krystie's Dance Academy. She has also toured Australia with stars such as TOKYO Kevin Inouye.

 49 Nick Mara

Nick Mara.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Englishtown, New Jersey

Initially a member of the hip-hop dance group ICONic Boyz, Nick Mara was discovered by Simon Cowell and later gained fame as part of the 5-member boy band PRETTYMUCH. He has also appeared on the off-Broadway show Me and Casear Lee and in Disney's Shake It Up.

 50 Devyn Nekoda

Devyn Nekoda.
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: December 12, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario
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