Famous German Dancers

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Motsi Mabuse
(Dancer who appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing but later became a judge on the show)
Motsi Mabuse
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Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mankwe, South Africa
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Pina Bausch
(German Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her Neo-Expressionist Dance Tradition)
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Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
Died: June 30, 2009

Pina Bausch was a German dancer remembered for her contribution to a neo-expressionist dance style which came to be known as the German Tanztheater. Bausch was also a choreographer and is credited with establishing the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Bausch's works had a major influence on celebrities like David Bowie. She won many prestigious awards, including the Europe Theatre Prize.

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Oskar Schlemmer
(Artist and Choreographer Known for His Association with the 'Bauhaus School' & His Ballet 'Triadisches Ballett')
Oskar Schlemmer
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Birthdate: September 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: April 13, 1943

German painter and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer had gained fame both for his paintings and for his choreographed avant-garde ballet productions such as Triadisches Ballett. He was a major influence behind bringing modern art exhibitions to the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Art. He had also served in World War I.

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Empress Schuck
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Birthdate: February 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

Empress Schuck is a Filipino actress, singer, dancer, model, and fashion designer. Empress is best known for her work as a child actor. In 2003, she was named the Best Child Actress at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards for her portrayal of Sandy del Rosario in her debut film 9 Mornings at the age of nine.

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Anita Berber
(German Dancer, Actress, and Writer)
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Birthdate: June 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: November 10, 1928

Anita Berber was a German dancer, writer, and actress. Berber's addiction to drugs and her choice of clothing in public events, which challenged social taboos at that time, overshadowed her professional achievements. In addition to her personal life, Anita Berber also achieved notoriety as a dancer; some of her performances featured total nudity. She died of tuberculosis at age 29.

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Ellen Kessler
(Actress)
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Birthdate: August 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nerchau, Germany

Ellen Kessler is one-half of the popular Kessler Twins. Ellen and her twin sister Alice Kessler are among the well-known twin entertainers in Europe. After achieving popularity as dancers and actors, the Kessler Twins appeared on the cover of one of the editions of Playboy, at the age of 40. That edition became the fastest-selling Playboy in Italy.

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Mary Wigman
(Dancer, Choreographer)
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Birthdate: November 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
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.

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Franz Rogowski
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Birthdate: February 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Franz Rogowski is a German dancer and actor best known for his portrayal of Georg in the 2018 German drama film Transit. Apart from earning Rogowski a Florida Film Critics Circle Award nomination, the film was also listed by Barack Obama as one of his favorite movies of 2019. Rogowski has won many prestigious awards like the German Film Award.

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Rebecca Horn
(Installation artist and director who rose to fame for creating the body modification pieces Pencil Mask and Unicorn)
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Birthdate: March 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Michelstadt, Germany

Rebecca Horn is a German visual artist best known for her body art, film directing, and installation art. Horn achieved popularity for her body sculptures where she attaches instruments and objects to the human body in order to create art. In 1992, Rebecca Horn received the Goslarer Kaiserring award, becoming the first woman to win the prestigious award.

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Laya Raki
(Dancer)
Laya Raki
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Birthdate: July 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: December 21, 2018

Laya Raki was a German dancer and actress who achieved international recognition for her work in the British film and TV industry. Raki became famous in the 1950s and 1960s for her dancing skills and attractive hourglass figure. She then established herself in the British entertainment industry by appearing in series like Crane.

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Friedemann Vogel
(Ballet dancer)
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Birthdate: August 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Friedemann Vogel is a German ballet dancer best known for his association with the Stuttgart Ballet where he performs as a principal dancer. He also performs as a guest artist in popular ballet companies like Milan's La Scala Theatre Ballet and Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet.  Over the years, Friedemann Vogel has won many international dance competitions like the Prix de Lausanne.

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Hanya Holm
(Choreographer)
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Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Worms, Germany
Died: November 3, 1992

Hanya Holm was a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. One of the founders of American modern dance, Holm taught at prestigious institutions like the Juilliard School. In 1976, she was honored with the Heritage Award by the National Dance Association. In 1988, Hanya Holm was made an inductee of The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame.

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Kurt Jooss
(Ballet dancer)
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Birthdate: January 12, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wasseralfingen, Germany
Died: May 22, 1979

Kurt Jooss was a German ballet dancer best remembered as the founder of the German Tanztheater. Jooss, who was also a choreographer, is credited with setting up many dance companies, including the famous Folkwang Tanztheater in Essen. Many of his works are performed even today in Germany.

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Valeska Gert
(Dancer)
Valeska Gert
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Birthdate: January 11, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 16, 1978

Valeska Gert was a German dancer, cabaret artist, pantomime, and actress. A pioneering performance artist, Gert is credited with establising the foundation for the punk movement. In 2004, Valeska Gert received a star on the Walk of Fame of Cabaret.

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Paula Riemann
(Filmmaker)
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Birthdate: August 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Paula Riemann is a German choreographer and filmmaker who lives and works in London. She is best known for her work as a director and choreographer in Jasmin Tabatabai's Puppet on a String. Before establishing herself as a filmmaker, Paula Riemann worked as an actress, playing Melanie in the Die wilden Hühner trilogy for which she received the Undine Award.

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Camilla Horn
(Actress)
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Birthdate: April 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: August 14, 1996

Camilla Horn was a German actress and dancer who performed in films of both the silent and sound era. She achieved popularity in the USA during the late 1920s when she appeared in many popular Hollywood films. Camilla Horn remained a screen favorite in Italian, British, and German films throughout her acting career.

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Arthur Saint-Léon
(Ballet Master)
Arthur Saint-Léon
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Birthdate: September 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 2, 1870

Arthur Saint-Léon was a ballet master who worked with the Imperial Russian Ballet from 1859 to 1869. He is remembered for choreographing a popular ballet named Coppélia. He is also remembered for inventing a method of choreographic notation, which was the first notation to document the movements of the torso, head, and arms apart from the movements of the feet.  

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Elisabeth Wiedemann
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Birthdate: April 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bassum, Germany
Died: May 27, 2015

Elisabeth Wiedemann was a German actress and dancer best remembered for her portrayal of Else Tetzlaff in the popular German television sitcom Ein Herz und eine Seele. In 1966, she was honored with the prestigious Goldene Kamera.

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Sulamith Messerer
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Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 3, 2004

Sulamith Messerer was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. Messerer is credited with establishing the foundation for Japan's classical ballet; she played a major role in the establishment of Japan's dance company, Tokyo Ballet. Sulamith Messerer is also remembered for her association with the popular Bolshoi Theatre where she performed as a prima ballerina for 25 years. 

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Stefanie Küster
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Birthdate: July 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Stefanie Küster is a German dancer and model. In the 2000s, Küster achieved popularity for her relationship with Dieter Bohlen, who is 25 years her senior. She then went on to appear in magazines like Playboy and also featured in several music videos.

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Ruth Berghaus
(Choreographer)
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Birthdate: July 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: January 25, 1996

One of Germany’s most influential opera and theater producers, Ruth Berghaus had initially begun her career as a dancer with the Berliner Ensemble and later graduated to production. She also often collaborated with her composer husband Paul Dessau. She was also associated with the Berlin State Opera and the Frankfurt Opera.

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Viola Farber
(Choreographer)
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Birthdate: February 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: December 24, 1998

Viola Farber was an American dancer and choreographer. She is best remembered for her association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Apart from being a founding member of the company, Viola Farber also worked towards popularizing the company. In 1968, she went on to establish the Viola Farber Dance Company where she developed her own dance style.

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Harald Kreutzberg
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Birthdate: December 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liberec, Czechia
Died: April 25, 1968

Harald Kreutzberg was a German choreographer and dancer. An exponent of German modern dance, Kreutzberg formed an unlikely partnership with ballet dancer Ruth Page which turned out to be successful. Harald Kreutzberg was also a talented ballet dancer and an entertainer.

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Robert Dorsay
(Film actor)
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Birthdate: August 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: October 29, 1943

Robert Dorsay was a German actor, singer, and dancer. He is best remembered for his work in popular German films like A Girl from the Chorus, To New Shores, Adventure in Warsaw, and Love Letters from Engadin. Robert Dorsay was also a revolutionary. He was murdered in October 1943 for defamation of National Socialism and defeatism. 

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Maria Matray
(Actress)
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Birthdate: July 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Niederschönhausen, German Empire
Died: October 30, 1993

Maria Matray was a German film actress and screenwriter who achieved popularity before the Weimar Republic was taken over by the Nazis. She then escaped to France from where she moved to the United States. In the US, Matray established herself as a writer and choreographer. Maria Matray returned to Germany after World War II ended.

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Maria Litto
(Ballet dancer)
Maria Litto
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Birthdate: September 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Höxter, Germany
Died: October 25, 1996

Maria Litto was a German ballerina, choreographer, and actress best remembered for pioneering dance programming on German TV. Litto is also remembered for her association with the Berlin Opera company where she went on to become a prima ballerina in 1944. She also exhibited her dancing skills in several movies like Third from the Right and Queen of the Arena.

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Ery Bos
(Dancer)
Ery Bos
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Birthdate: October 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, German
Died: March 10, 2005

Ery Bos was a German film actress and dancer best remembered for her contribution to Weimar cinema. Despite being a star in the Weimar Republic, Ery Bos was forced to flee because of her Jewish background when the Weimar Republic was taken over by the Nazis. Bos is remembered for her work in films like Impossible Love and The Tsarevich.

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Edith Oss
(Dancer)
Edith Oss
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Birthdate: May 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: March 3, 2012

Edith Oss was a German film actress and dancer. When her dream of becoming a singer was crushed by a disease that affected her voice box, Edith Oss went on to establish herself as an actress, playing important roles in films like Liselotte von der Pfalz and Menschen vom Varieté.