Dance is a more than a form of art. It is one of the best ways to express your emotions or feelings about something or someone. Every Dance has its own style. It helps to reduce the stress in you. Simonides, the Greek poet has mentioned that “Dancing is silent poetry”. From the cosmic dance of the supernatural gods to the street dance in the city of New York, the world has seen and heard of many immortal dance moves that still stand the test of time. There do remain several best dancers who excelled in the field of dance.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was born on 29th August 1958 in Gary, Indiana, U.S. His parents are Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson. He was the eighth of ten children. He got married to Lisa Maria, Presley in 1994 and got divorced in 1996 and then, later on, he married Debbie Rowe in 1996 and got divorced in 1999. He has three children. He had great passion towards dancing and singing.
He is best known for his moonwalk, lean, sidewalk and thriller dance. He is also known as the KING OF POP. He made his debut in 1964 along with his brothers in the JACKSON 5. Later on, he did his solo debut in 1971.
He started gaining popularity in the 1980s through the release of his albums like beat it, Billie Jean and “Thriller”. He got millions of fans not only for his wonderful songs but also for is amazing and innovative dance moves to which he gave his own names like “Robot” and the famous “Moonwalk”.
This extraordinary artist left this world on 25th June 2009 at the age of 50 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. The cause of his death is said, to be due to cardiac arrest induced by propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication while others say that it is a pre-planned murder. Even though his body left this world his soul and heart is still with us in the form of music and dance.
2. Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran Kelly was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harriet Catherine and James Kelly’s third son, a salesman selling phonograph, Kelly has come a long way. Coming from a father having Irish descent and mother with German ancestry, Gene Kelly is considered as a dancing superstar of all times.
While some remarked calling him a “Blue Collar Dancer” and he was too athletic and active. You name it and he could do it-jump from the high stairs with the best of stuntmen.
Born on August 23, 1912, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gene was an American director cum actor whose classic dance style still haunts the movie goers of yesteryear for his superlative performance, offbeat moves and unique camera angles.
What better job dance lovers have other than comparing Astaire’s perfectionist grace, his tapering style, against Kelly’s delightful bravura. But unfortunately, it was none other the boy from the street who was trained both in ballet and who created a separate niche in the world of dancing one would never dream of.
3. Ginger Rogers
Born as Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911, she was an excellent dancer with a great screen presence. Her mother, Lelee had great troubles in bringing up her daughter and saving her from the clutches of her father.
Miss Ginger Rogers was trained and raised in the golden period of Hollywood Cinema, and truly played her exciting role to the very end. It won’t be surprising to say that Ginger Rogers danced her way into the hearts of countless moviegoers and dance critics.
She was not only the partner for the best American dancer Hollywood has ever seen, and she also matched his every move, she performed it in high style as well as in high heels.
4. Chris Brown
Chris Brown was born on 5th May 1989 at Tappahannock, Virginia, U.S. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer, rapper and an actor. His parents are Joyce Hawkins and Clinton Brown. His biggest inspiration for singing and dancing was Michael Jackson.
He began his music career by singing in a church choir. His first debut was “Run it” which topped the U.S Billboard Hot 100. He won two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards, fourteen BET Awards and many other awards.
5. Ann Miller
Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier now famously known as Ann Miller was born on April 12, 1923, in Chireno, Texas. When Ann was nine years old, her mother moved with her to Los Angeles, California. At that young age, Ann was forced to support her hearing-impaired mother who was struggling to maintain a job.
Miller was known for her multi-talent, – but her unbelievable dancing skills camouflaged her dancing and acting talent. As a matter of fact, tap dancing. Miller was very powerful and striking as a tap dancer that, according to critics, she can tap more than 400 times a minute.
But all those who have seen Miller’s dance potential would definitely realize that it’s not too far stretched from what the legend has said earlier.
6. Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire’s original name is Frederick Austerlitz. He was born on 10th May 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. He got married to Phyllis Livingston Potter in 1933 and got divorced in 1954. Then he got married to Robyn Smith in 1980. He was a dancer, choreographer, singer, and actor.
He was in the field of acting for 76 years. In the year 1906 Astaire and his sister Adele did their first act called Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe Dancing Novelty.
His sense of rhythm, perfectionism are those of which he is best remembered of as a dancer. Gene Kelly, another amazing dancer in the film industry told that “ The history of the dance on film begins with Astaire”. This legendary artist left the world on 22nd June 1987 in Los Angeles, California, U.S at the age of 88.
Usher Terry Raymond IV was born on 14th October 1978 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and businessman. His parents are Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton. Usher finished his schooling at Norths Springs High School in Atlanta.
Usher’s debut album “ P Diddy” was released by LaFace which reached the top of the U.S Billboards charts. He won 170 awards and was nominated for 312 awards. Apart from singing Usher is found to be an amazing dancer. His body moves with the rhythm and beat.
He has is the own style of dancing like popping, locking, breaking and hip-hop.
8. Gregory Hines
When the legendary actor Hines breaks out into a brisk rhythm of taps, the clicking and heels and altering the dance patterns, it’s sheer virtuosity, it’s delicate style which looks behind every possible effort and time. Hines is still considered as the sensational dancer of all times.
Gregory Oliver Hines was an American actor, dance choreographer and also a singer. Born in the city of New York in 1946, Apollo Theater can be considered for all the right reasons which helped him to hone his various skills.70’s saw him as a Broadway star and from there on his popularity reached a different level altogether.
Starting as a child dancer and then who went on to launch a career in Broadway, films, and Television, his life has come a full circle. The movies “The Cotton Club” and “White Nights” is still remembered for his stunning dance moves and acting.
9. Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley, the popular American dancer started out at a very young age of four years and is now claimed to be one of the top class dancers in the world. Flatley has also set a world record for tapping speed at 38 taps per second which are considered as the pioneer in tap dancing.
Born on July 16, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois it was this dancer who silently transformed Irish dancing into a world-loving attraction. With his arms flying, the way he performed on stage exuberantly transforming Irish tap dance from an orthodox-rich art form into a delightful, buoyant festivity.
10. Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail was born on 27th January 1947 in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union. He got married to Lisa Reinhart in the year 2006 and he has 4 children. He is an amazing dancer, choreographer, and actor. At the age of 11, he started to learn ballet in the year 1960.
He won in the junior division for Varna International Ballet Competition. He became the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre from 1974 to 1978. In 2011 he played a very significant role in the television series in Sex and the city.