Famous Dancers

Famous Dancers of Past and Present

Many exceptional dancers have graced dance floors with their talents. Movies and clips of these dancers show us the extent of their love of and devotion to their particular styles of dance. Though not complete, the following list highlights some of the best dancers of the past and present.

Statue of Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova on Top of the Victoria Palace Theatre in Victoria
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A famous Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova is best known for changing the ideals for ballet dancers, as she was small and thin, not the preferred body of a ballerina during her time. She is also credited for creating the modern pointe shoe. More »

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Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948-present)

Solos With Piano Or Not... An Evening Of Music And Dance - Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Known as the best living male ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a famous Russian dancer. He has had roles in film, as he starred in the last season of Sex and the City.

Rudolf Nureyev Rehearsing
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Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is often regarded as the greatest ballet dancer of the 1960s and 1970s. More »
Michael Jackson - File Photos By Kevin Mazur
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Pop star of the 1980s, Michael Jackson wowed audiences with eye-popping dance moves, notably one called the "moonwalk." Michael displayed an amazing talent for rhythm and dance at a very young age. More »

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Sammy Davis, Jr, (1925-1990)

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An American dancer, Sammy Davis, Jr. was an entertainer remembered mostly for his tap dancing ability. He began tap dancing at the age of four.

Martha Graham Gestures at Press Conference
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Martha Graham was an American dancer and choreographer. She is known as the pioneer of modern dance. She dared to introduce new, modern dance moves to the world. More »

Fred Astaire And Ginger Rogers
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Fred Astaire was a famous American film and Broadway dancer. He is well-known for starring with Ginger Rogers in musical films. More »
Gregory Hines
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Gregory Hines was an American dancer mostly known for his outstanding tap dancing abilities. He appeared in several dance movies, including White Nights and Tap. More »

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Gene Kelly (1912-1996)

Leaping Sailors
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An American dancer, Gene Kelly is remembered for his highly energetic and athletic dancing style. He is well-known for his performance in Singin' in the Rain.
Patrick Swayze At Ventura Farms
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Patrick Swayze was a well-known American dancer and actor. He starred as a dance instructor in the popular movie Dirty Dancing. More »

American Ballet Theatre's Annual 'Stars Under TheStars: An Evening In Los Angeles' Event
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Gillian Murphy is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. More »
Choreographer Nijinsky and Composer Ravel Sitting at Piano
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Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and one of the most gifted male dancers in ballet history. More »

Ballet Dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn
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Margot Fonteyn was an English ballet dancer, regarded by many as one of the greatest classical ballerinas of all time. More »
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Michael Flatley (1958-present)

Famous dancer Michael Flatley
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Michael Flatley is an American Irish dancer, famous for producing Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
Famous dancer Isadora Duncan
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Isadora Duncan is considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Her artistry and beliefs defied the traditional strictness of classical ballet. More »
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Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)

Famous dancer Ginger Rogers
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Ginger Rogers was an American actress, dancer, and singer. She appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television.