10 Most Famous Dancers of All Time

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The 10 most famous dancers of all time have to have that “it” factor. They have to have qualities that make them stand out from the rest of the dance world. Some of these qualities are their drive, their charisma, their talent, and their passion for dance. Most of the dancers that I picked are American but they are known worldwide. Some of these dancers started training early on and some started dancing later in life. They are or were very dedicated to the dance profession. The dancers that I picked are Gene Kelly, Savion Glover, Arthur Mitchell, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Misty Copeland, Gelsey Kirkland, Wendy Whelan, and Debbie Allen. These are some of my favorite dancers in the world because they have a lasting star power.

1Gene Kelly

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Gene Kelly was born August 23, 1912 and died February 2, 1996 at the age of eighty-three. His dancing was very athletic. He starred in many musical films. Three of his musicals that you may know are Anchors Aweigh (1945), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). His family had a dance school where he was from in Pittsburgh. He was a dance teacher there. A lot of the time he danced and directed his own choreography. He did Broadway shows in New York and films in Hollywood. My favorite film of his is Singin’ in the Rain (1952). It has an iconic scene of him tap dancing in the rain, which is part of his legacy that he left today. Kelly was the co-director, lead star, and choreographer of Singin’ in The Rain.


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