13 Celebrities Who Started as Backup Dancers
This list of celebrities who started as backup dancers is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors and musicians started their careers in the entertainment industry as backup dancers. A few of these talented dancers went on to become some of the biggest pop stars of all time. One famous backup dancer is well known for his gritty performances on dark HBO dramas.
Who is the most famous person who started as a backup dancer? Jennifer Lopez tops this list. In 1991, Lopez performed as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block. She went on to become a Fly Girl dancer on the popular sketch comedy series "In Living Color." “Material Girl” singer Madonna was also a backup singer and dancer, she worked with Patrick Hernandez in 1979.
The Wire and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams previously worked as a backup dancer for Madonna and Tupac Shakur. Shakur also started his own career as a backup dancer.Are you surprised that so many superstars started as backup dancers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Photo: dvsross / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0In 1991, Jennifer Lopez performed as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block. She went on to become a Fly Girl dancer on the popular sketch comedy series "In Living Color."
- Born: 07-24-1969
- Age: 53
- Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
- Photo: Poetic Justice / Columbia PicturesTupac Shakur started his career as a backup dancer for the 1990s hip hop group Digital Underground.
- Born: 06-16-1971
- Age: Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)
- Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, USA, New York
- Photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0Madonna was a backup singer and dancer for Patrick Hernandez in 1979.
- Born: 08-16-1958
- Age: 64
- Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
- Photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0Mariah Carey was a backup singer and dancer for Brenda Starr in the late 1980s.
- Born: 03-27-1970
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Huntington, New York, USA
- Photo: The Heart Truth / Wikimedia Commons / Public DomainBefore she was a regular on "Dancing with the Stars," Julianne Hough performed on the show's tour as a backup dancer.
- Born: 07-20-1988
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: Orem, Utah, USA
- Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0Before he became Mr. Britney Spears, Kevin Federline worked as a backup dancer for Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Gwen Stefani.
- Born: 03-21-1978
- Age: 45
- Birthplace: USA, California, Fresno