American People Famous Choreographers from the United States

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List of notable or famous choreographers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top choreographers born in the United States and even some popular choreographers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American choreographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These choreographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known choreographer from the United States is included when available.

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 56
Paula Julie Abdul is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She began her ...more

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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks ...more

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

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Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 51
Carrie Ann Inaba is an American dancer, choreographer, television dance competition judge, actress, game show host, and singer. She started her career as a singer in Japan, but became best known ...more

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James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 92
James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the ...more

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 39
Mýa Marie Harrison, better known as Mýa, is an American hip hop and R&B singer, record producer and actress. Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was ...more

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Debbie Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 69
Debbie Allen is an author.

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Briana Evigan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 32
Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan is an American actress and dancer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Andie West in the Step Up series and Cassidy Tappan in Sorority Row. She started dancing ...more

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Gates McFadden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 69
Cheryl Gates McFadden usually credited as Gates McFadden, is an American actress and choreographer. She played Dr. Beverly Crusher in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and in ...more

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Tommy Tune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 80
Thomas James "Tommy" Tune is an American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer. Over the course of his career, he has won nine Tony Awards and the ...more

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Alyson Stoner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 25
Alyson Rae Stoner is an American actress, dancer, choreographer and singer. Stoner is known as Max in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and also for the roles Sarah Baker in Cheaper by the ...more

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Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 54
Adam Michael Shankman is an American film director, producer, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He has been a judge on the television program So You Think You Can Dance since Season 3. He began ...more

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Rosie Perez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 54
Rosa Maria "Rosie" Perez is an American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer. Her film breakthrough was in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. She ...more

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Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 44 (1917-1961)
Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a ...more

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Jerome Robbins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1918-1998)
Jerome Robbins, was an American theater producer, director, and dance choreographer known primarily for Broadway Theater and Ballet/Dance, but who also occasionally directed films and ...more

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Gregory Hines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 57 (1946-2003)
Gregory Oliver Hines was an American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.

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Stanley Donen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 94
Stanley Donen (/ˈdɒnən/ DON-ən; April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019) was an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are Singin' in the Rain and On the Town, both of ...more

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Alvin Ailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and ...more

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Arthur Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 84
Arthur Mitchell is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Among other ...more

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Michael K. Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 52
Michael Kenneth Williams is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert "Chalky" White on the HBO series Boardwalk

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Martha Graham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 97 (1894-1991)
Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or ...more

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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)
Alwin Nikolais was an American choreographer.

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Mark Morris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 62
Mark William Morris is an American dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. Morris is ...more

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Matthew Diamond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Choreographers from the United States
age 67
Matthew Diamond is an American film and television director, producer and choreographer.