Female Choreographers

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Throughout history, there have been many women choreographers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female choreographers such as Julianne Hough, Rosie Perez, Abby Lee Miller, Paula Abdul, Isadora Duncan.The women choreographers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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Isadora Duncan
(American Dancer and Choreographer)
Isadora Duncan
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Birthdate: May 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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. 

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Martha Graham
(Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style)
Martha Graham
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Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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.  

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Jennifer Lopez
(Singer, Actress, Dancer)
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Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States

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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Paula Abdul
(Her Album 'Forever Your Girl' was One of The Most Successful Albums in 1988)
Paula Abdul
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Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States

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.

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Julianne Hough
(Judge on Dancing with the Stars)
Julianne Hough
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Birthdate: July 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orem, Utah, United States
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.
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Margot Fonteyn
(English Ballet Dancer)
Margot Fonteyn
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Birthdate: May 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reigate, England
Died: February 21, 1991

Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina who spent her entire dancing career at the Royal Ballet. She was eventually appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet by Queen Elizabeth II. Margot Fonteyn achieved international fame after a tour of the US in 1949. She also helped popularize ballet in the US by appearing on TV before and after WWII.

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Teyana Taylor
(Singer-Songwriter Who Appeared on MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16')
Teyana Taylor
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Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

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Debbie Allen
(Actress Best Known for Her Work in the Musical-Drama Television Series 'Fame')
Debbie Allen
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Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter.  She appeared in the musical-drama TV series Fame and also worked as the series’ principal choreographer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. She runs the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and is a former member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

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Lisa Niemi
(Writer, Director and Lead Actress of the Film 'One Last Dance')
Lisa Niemi
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Birthdate: May 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Lisa Niemi is known for her appearance in Steel Dawn and One Last Dance, with her former husband Patrick Swayze. She also released memoirs, both New York Times bestsellers and one of them co-written by Swayze. Swayze’s death due to pancreatic cancer led her to spread awareness about the ailment.
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Twyla Tharp
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Twyla Tharp
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Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland

Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, author, and choreographer. She is credited with founding Twyla Tharp Dance, which she formed in 1966. In 1976, Twyla Tharp choreographed Push Comes to Shove, which is now regarded as the finest example of crossover ballet. Twyla Tharp has received several prestigious awards, including two Emmy Awards and the National Medal of the Arts.

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Abby Lee Miller
(Dancer, Choreographer and Founder of ‘Abby Lee Dance Company’)
Abby Lee Miller
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Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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Mayte Garcia
(Actress & Dancer Known as the World’s Youngest Professional Belly Dancer)
Mayte Garcia
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Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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Allison Holker
(American Dancer, Choreographer, and Actress Known for Her TV Dance Competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance’)
Allison Holker
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Birthdate: February 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Anoka County, Minnesota, United States

Allison Holker is an American dancer known for appearing in the reality TV dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance. She has also worked in several concert tours, films, and television series. In 2007, she was adjudged the National Senior Dancer of the Year. In 2013, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination under the Outstanding Choreography category.

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Ashley Roberts
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Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Carrie Ann Inaba
(Television personality, dancer, choreographer best known for her work on ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars for which she has served as a judge since 2005)
Carrie Ann Inaba
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Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Darcey Bussell
(One of the Best British Ballerinas of All Time)
Darcey Bussell
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Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Darcey Bussell is an English former ballerina best known for her appearances as a judge on the popular television show, Strictly Come Dancing. She is also known for her association with the Royal Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. Darcey Bussell is considered one of the best British ballerinas of all time and is the recipient of numerous awards.  

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Katherine Dunham
(One of the Most Successful Dancers of the 20th Century)
Katherine Dunham
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Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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.

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Witney Carson
(Dancer. Choreographer)
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Birthdate: October 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah, United States
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Katherine LaNasa
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Sitcom ‘Three Sisters’ and Films: ‘The Frozen Ground’, 'The Campaign')
Katherine LaNasa
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Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Katherine LaNasa is an American actress known for her starring roles in films like The Campaign and Jayne Mansfield's Car. A former ballet dancer and choreographer, LaNasa started dancing at the age of 12. During the late-1980s, LaNasa assisted choreographer John Carrafa for the 1989 crime and dance drama film Rooftops.

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Gates McFadden
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Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
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Loie Fuller
(Actor, Lighting designer, Choreographer, Artist, Dancer, Stage actor, Model)
Loie Fuller
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Birthdate: January 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: January 1, 1928
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Khandi Alexander
(Dancer, Actress)
Khandi Alexander
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Birthdate: September 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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Briana Evigan
(Actress)
Briana Evigan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Agnes de Mille
(American dancer and choreographer)
Agnes de Mille
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Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 7, 1993
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Shura Baryshnikov
(Dancer, Choreographer, Actress)
Shura Baryshnikov
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Birthdate: March 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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Ann Reinking
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Ann Reinking
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Birthdate: November 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle
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Kimberly Wyatt
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Birthdate: February 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, United States
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Patsy Swayze
(Choreographer)
Patsy Swayze
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Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harris County, Texas, United States
Died: September 16, 2013
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Ruth Connell
(Actress)
Ruth Connell
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Birthdate: April 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland, UK
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Emma Slater
(English-American Dancer and Choreographer)
Emma Slater
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Birthdate: December 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tamworth, Staffordshire

Emma Slater is an English-American dancer and choreographer best known for making numerous appearances on the popular dance competition television series, Dancing with the Stars. Prior to making her TV debut, Emma Slater competed in dance competitions around the world, representing the UK. She then went on to establish herself as a theater and TV personality.

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Peta Murgatroyd
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Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Chachi Gonzales
(Choreographer & Dancer)
Chachi Gonzales
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Birthdate: January 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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Kristina Rihanoff
(Ballroom Dancer and Choreographer)
Kristina Rihanoff
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Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia

Kristina Rihanoff is a Russian professional ballroom dancer, author, choreographer, and instructor. She achieved popularity after competing in the popular British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Kristina Rihanoff works closely with a children's charity named The Dot Com Foundation, which helps children handle challenging situations.

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Susan Stroman
(Theatre Director)
Susan Stroman
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Birthdate: October 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
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Marge Champion
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Marge Champion
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Birthdate: September 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Toni Basil
(Singer)
Toni Basil
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Birthdate: September 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Wendee Lee
(Actor, Television actor, Choreographer, Screenwriter)
Wendee Lee
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Birthdate: February 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Arlene Phillips
(English Choreographer, Television Judge and Presenter, Theatre Director, Talent Scout, and Former Dancer)
Arlene Phillips
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Birthdate: May 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prestwich
Arlene Phillips is an English choreographer, television judge and presenter, theatre director, talent scout, and former dancer. She achieved popularity as the choreographer of many television shows, films, and Broadway and West End musicals. Arlene Phillips' popularity increased when she started appearing as a judge on television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing.
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Robin Antin
(Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter, Actor, Dancer)
Robin Antin
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Birthdate: July 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Robin Antin is an American dancer, actress, singer, entrepreneur, clothing designer, and choreographer. Antin is credited with founding the Pussycat Dolls, a modern burlesque troupe that went on to become famous. She is also credited with creating other popular girl groups like the Paradiso Girls, Girlicious, and G.R.L. As a choreographer, she has worked with well-known personalities like Paris Hilton.

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Pina Bausch
(German Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her Neo-Expressionist Dance Tradition)
Pina Bausch
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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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Flavia Cacace
(Italian–British Professional Dancer and Choreographer.)
Flavia Cacace
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Birthdate: March 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy

Italian-British dancer Flavia Cacace is part of the dance duo Vincent and Flavia, with her dance partner Vincent Simone. She appeared multiple times on the reality show Strictly Come Dancing and won in its 10th season. She has also appeared on The Magicians. Flavis is married to actor Jimi Mistry.

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Maya Plisetskaya
(Former ballet dancer, choreographer)
Maya Plisetskaya
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Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 2, 2015

Maya Plisetskaya was a legendary Soviet and Russian ballerina. Growing up in a war-torn region, she had a difficult childhood. She sought solace in ballet and pursued a career as a dancer. She was remarkably fluid in her movements and soon became internationally renowned. She later became a ballet director and choreographer. She was married to composer Rodion Shchedrin. 

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Grethe Barrett Holby
(Opera Producer)
Grethe Barrett Holby
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Birthdate: April 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
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Laurieann Gibson
(Canadian Choreographer, TV Star, Singer, Actor, and Dancer)
Laurieann Gibson
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Birthdate: July 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Alicia Alonso
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Birthdate: December 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 17, 2019
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Mia Michaels
(Choreographer)
Mia Michaels
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Birthdate: February 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida
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Jeanne Coyne
(Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor)
Jeanne Coyne
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Birthdate: February 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: May 10, 1973
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Saroj Khan
(One of the Most Influential Indian Dance Choreographers of Hindi Cinema)
Saroj Khan
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Birthdate: November 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: July 3, 2020

Saroj Khan was an Indian dancer and choreographer best remembered for her work in Hindi cinema. The first female choreographer in Bollywood, Khan choreographed over 3000 movie songs in an illustrious career spanning more than four decades. Saroj Khan was honored with several prestigious awards, including three National Film Awards under the Best Choreography category.

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Parris Goebel
(Choreographer)
Parris Goebel
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Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manurewa, New Zealand

Parris Goebel is a New Zealand dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and director. She is credited with founding a dance school named The Palace Dance Studio where she serves as the main choreographer. Parris Goebel's dance school has produced groups like The Royal Family, which has won the prestigious World Hip Hop Dance Championship thrice in a row.

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Debashree Roy
(Indian Actress and Dancer Known for Her Stage Adaptations of the Various Forms of Indian Folk Dances)
Debashree Roy
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Birthdate: August 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Debashree Roy is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actress, animal rights activist, and politician. Best known for her work in the Bengali film industry, Debashree Roy has won several awards like the National Film Award. She is credited with establishing the Debasree Roy Foundation, which aims at helping stray animals.