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 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.

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 3 Nora Fatehi

Nora Fatehi
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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

Nora Fatehi is a popular figure in the Indian film industry. Although born and raised in Canada. Nora has worked in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi language films. She was part of one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever - Baahubali: The Beginning. Apart from appearing in films, she has also made a mark in the TV industry.

 4 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.

 5 Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen
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Listed In: Actors, Gymnasts
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Danish

 6 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.

 7 Harvey Cantwell

Harvey Cantwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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 8 Aaliyah

Aaliyah
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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

 9 Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director, Choreographer, Singer, Lyricist, Philanthropist, Composer
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 10 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.

 11 Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough
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Listed In: Choreographers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Julianne Hough shot to fame with Dancing with the Stars, in 2007, and eventually won two seasons and returned as a judge. Fans also remember her as Sandy from Grease Live! She aced the U.S. Country charts with her debut album and was also a judge on America's Got Talent.

 12 Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.
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Listed In: Actors, Comedians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 1990

 13 Haley Bennett

Haley Bennett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 14 Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara
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Listed In: Choreographers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Miami-based Cuban dancer Janette Manrara is best known for her stint on the reality show Strictly Come Dancing. Fans have also loved her in Glee, Burn the Floor, and So You Think You Can Dance. She is married to her Strictly Come Dancing co-star Slovenian dancer AljaĆŸ Škorjanec.

 15 Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 16 Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking
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Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 17 Billie Piper

Billie Piper
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

At age 15, Billie Piper became the youngest artist to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one after releasing her debut single Because We Want To. After establishing a successful music career, Billie decided to abandon her career to focus on acting. She then became the only performer to win all six Best Actress awards for the play Yerma.

 18 Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

 19 Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress, Model
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.

 20 Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 21 P!nk

P!nk
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 22 Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 22, 1987

Fred Astaire was an American actor, television presenter, dancer, choreographer, and singer. Widely regarded as the most influential dancer in film history, Astaire was known for his innovation, perfectionism, and an uncanny sense of rhythm. Also known for his fashion sense, Fred Astaire remained a male fashion icon throughout his career, which spanned more than seven decades.

 23 Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas
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Listed In: Educators
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 24 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.

 25 Rob McElhenney

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

 26 Vikrant Massey

Vikrant Massey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 27 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 28 Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Known for his supporting roles in films such as The Road, 12 Years a Slave, and When They See Us, Michael K. Williams is a budding talent of Hollywood. Fans adored him as Albert "Chalky" White in Boardwalk Empire. He became a critics’ favorite with his Emmy-winning role in Bessie.

 29 Debbie Allen

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

 30 Adrienne Bailon

Adrienne Bailon
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Dancer, Television actor
Birthdate: October 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Choreographer, Martial artist, Judoka, Karateka, Taekwondo athlete, Thai boxer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Chinese

 32 Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 33 Sofia Boutella

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.

 34 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.

 35 Robbie Amell

Robbie Amell
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Robbie Amell is a Canadian-American actor who became a US citizen, along with his wife Italia Ricci, after moving to Los Angeles. Also a producer, Robbie has played an important role in many Canadian film productions. An ice hockey enthusiast, Robbie is currently a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, although he supported the Toronto Maple Leafs while growing up.

 36 Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez
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Famous As: Film Actress & Show Host
Birthdate: September 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Rosa Perez is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carla Rodrigo in Fearless and her Emmy-nominated choreography in the series In Living Color. She has also appeared in Broadway plays such as The Ritz and has co-hosted The View. She is also associated with major HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 37 Hema Malini

Hema Malini
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film director, Film producer, Dancer, Film actor
Birthdate: October 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 38 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.

 39 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.

 40 Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Ballroom dancer
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Anton Du Beke is a ballroom and Latin dancer, television presenter, comedian, author, and singer. Also known for his philanthropic activities, Du Beke has been an honorary patron of the popular theatre charity, The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America. Over the years, he has also been an important contributor to BBC's UK charity, Children in Need.

 41 N. T. Rama Rao Jr.

N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 42 Remo D'Souza

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

 43 Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 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.

 45 Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actor, Musician, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor, Dancer
Birthdate: December 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Bob Hope

Bob Hope
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.

 47 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.

 48 Prabhu Deva

Prabhu Deva
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
Birthdate: April 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 49 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.

 50 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.

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