Dancers

Dancers have always enthralled us with their snappy, yet graceful, moves and the creativity of their work. It is something that has been a part of every culture ever since time in memorial. Practically every culture and every civilization, tribe or settlement has had a dance form especially associated with them. This form of self-expression is classified in various types depending on the genre of the music, with which it’s associated, and the number of people involved in performing it. An example of this would be when there is just one person dancing, it would be a solo performance and could be anything from a new age to ceremonial dance, however something like a waltz would be a partner dance because it requires two people. There are some forms that are referred to as group dances because, as the name suggests, it requires a fairly big group of people to deliver that performance. When we think of this field, it is but obvious we think of people like Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire and Anna Pavlova (a Russian ballet dancer). It is also natural to wish to know more about these people others like them, so here is a collection of their biographies, life stories, timeline, trivia and interesting facts about them.
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 1 Michael Jackson

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.  

 2 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

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 3 Britney Spears

Britney Spears
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Listed In: Pop Singers
Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

 4 Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 2002
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Maddie Ziegler owes her fame to the show Dance Moms and to Sia’s music videos Chandelier and Elastic Heart. Named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens thrice, she has written a bestselling memoir, works for charities, has appeared in movies and on magazine covers, and owns a fashion line.

 5 Emma Portner

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.

 6 Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, American

 7 Derek Hough

Derek Hough
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Famous As: Professional Dancer
Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Derek Hough is an American Latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. After winning the dance competition TV series, Dancing with the Stars, for a record six times, Hough used his popularity to launch his acting and singing career. Also a writer, his book Taking the Lead was featured in The New York Times Best Seller list.

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 8 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 10, 2014

After starting her film career at the age of three, Shirley Temple went on to become Hollywood's highest-grossing child actress from 1935 to 1938. She is the epitome of popular child stars who lose their charm as they grow up. Despite failing as an adult actress, she is ranked 18th in the greatest female screen legends of Classic Hollywood list.

 9 Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 10 Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller
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Listed In: Choreographers
Famous As: Dance Instructor, Reality TV Judge
Birthdate: September 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Abby Lee Miller is a choreographer, dance instructor, and reality TV personality. She is credited with founding the Abby Lee Dance Company where the popular TV series Dance Moms was filmed. The series follows the training of children in dance under the tutelage of Miller. In 2018, Miller was diagnosed with a type of cancer that has left her wheelchair-bound.

 11 Tina Turner

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.

 12 Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon
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Famous As: Singer, Model, Dancer
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 13 Mata Hari

Mata Hari
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Listed In: Spies
Famous As: Dutch exotic dancer
Birthdate: August 7, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 15, 1917
Mata Hari was a Dutch courtesan and exotic dancer, charged with spying for Germany during World War I. She was executed by a firing squad in France, and her head was preserved in a museum, but later went missing. The “femme fatale” has been immortalized in many films and books.

 14 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland
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Listed In: Ballet Dancers
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.

 15 Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Grant Gustin is best known as Barry Allen/The Flash from the series The Flash and the entire Arrowverse TV franchise. Fans have also loved him as Sebastian Smythe in the series Glee. He also portrayed Baby John in the Broadway revival of the musical West Side Story.

 16 Lana Condor

Lana Condor
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American, Vietnamese
Lana Condor was adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Condor and his wife. She gained fame as Lara Jean Covey from the Netflix film To All the Boys I've Loved Before and its sequel. She has also appeared in the films Patriots Day and X-Men Apocalypse.

 17 Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev
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Listed In: Choreographers
Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: June 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American, Russian
Dancer Artem Chigvintsev won the eighth season of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2010, with partner Kara Tointon, becoming one of four people to win the show as a first-timer. He has previously been part of the live dance show Burn the Floor and has performed at Broadway and West End.

 18 Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 19 Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Charisma Carpenter is best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel; Lacy from The Expendables film franchise; and Beth Sullivan from the Josh Kirby... Time Warrior! movie series. She has also posed for Playboy and appeared in the series Charmed and Veronica Mars.

 20 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 21 Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 22 AJ Pritchard

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.

 23 Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Costa Rican, American

Harry Shum Jr. is an actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He is best known for his work in films like Step Up 2: The Streets, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and Crazy Rich Asians. Also a popular TV actor, Harry's award-winning portrayal of a bisexual person in Shadowhunters gained him a large fan following within the LGBT community.

 24 Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Cheryl Burke is an American dancer, TV host, and model. Best known for appearing as a professional dancer on the popular dance competition TV series Dancing with the Stars, Burke became the first professional to win two consecutive seasons. In 2008, she set up her dance studio and created her own line of sportswear in 2009.

 25 Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
French dancer Benjamin Millepied was initially associated with the New York City Ballet. He launched the LA Dance Project and was the director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. He gained fame as the choreographer of the iconic movie Black Swan, and later married its lead actor, Natalie Portman.

 26 Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: June 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 23, 1987
Legendary dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the musical film Cabaret. Renowned for his signature “jazz hands” style, he also earned the Palme D'Or for All That Jazz and nine Tony Awards for various stage productions, eight of them for choreography. 

 27 Josephine Baker

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.

 28 Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 29 Larry Bourgeois

Larry Bourgeois
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

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.

 30 Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 31 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 32 Brett Dier

Brett Dier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian actor Brett Dier is best known as Michael Cordero Jr. from the popular series Jane the Virgin. Fans also loved him in the Canadian series The L.A. Complex and Bomb Girls, and as C.B. in the sitcom Schooled. He has appeared in several TV movies, too.

 33 Raghav Juyal

Raghav Juyal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 34 Isadora Duncan

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

 35 Remo D'Souza

Remo D'Souza
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 36 Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 37 Sanjeeda Sheikh

Sanjeeda Sheikh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Sanjeeda Sheikh is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi television industry. Over the years, Sanjeeda Sheikh has cemented her position as one of the most beautiful, popular, and talented actresses in the television industry. Also renowned for her dancing skills, she has won dance reality competition shows like Nach Baliye 3 and Zara Nachke Dikha 2.

 38 Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 39 Bhanupriya

Bhanupriya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 40 Chloe Lukasiak

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

 41 Jason Orange

Jason Orange
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 42 Martha Graham

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

 43 Juliet Prowse

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

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

 44 Jeanine Mason

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

 45 Karen Hauer

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.

 46 Mrinalini Sarabhai

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

 47 Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai
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Famous As: Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Birthdate: May 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 48 Dominic Sandoval

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

 49 Alan Bersten

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

 50 Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj
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Famous As: Kathak Dancer
Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
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