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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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This historic choreographers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American choreographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous choreographers from the United States?" These prominent choreographers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American choreographers.

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    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Paula Abdul

    BirthplaceSan Fernando, California, USA

    Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American dancer, choreographer, singer, actress,... more on Wikipedia

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    Gene Kelly

    Gene Kelly

    Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

    BirthplaceHighland Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire

    Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Fred Astaire (born May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Carrie Ann Inaba

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American television personality, dancer,... more on Wikipedia

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    James Lipton

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Age: 40

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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    Debbie Allen

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Deborah Kaye Allen (born January 16, 1950) is an American actress, dancer, choreographer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Briana Evigan

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress, dancer, singer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Gates McFadden

    BirthplaceCuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States of America

    Cheryl Gates McFadden (born March 2, 1949), is an American actor and choreographer. She is ... more on Wikipedia

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    Tommy Tune

    Tommy Tune

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceWichita Falls, Texas, United States of America

    Thomas James "Tommy" Tune (born February 28, 1939) is an American actor, dancer, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Alyson Stoner

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, USA

    Alyson Rae Stoner (born August 11, 1993) is an American actress, voice artist, singer, dancer... more on Wikipedia
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    Adam Shankman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, Southern California, Contiguous United States, 90731

    Adam Michael Shankman (born November 27, 1964) is an American film director, producer, dancer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Rosie Perez

    BirthplaceBushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Rosa María Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, singer, community activist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Maya Deren

    Maya Deren

    Dec. at 44 (1917-1961)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian:... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jerome Robbins

    Jerome Robbins

    Dec. at 80 (1918-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Jerome Robbins (October 11, 1918 – July 29, 1998) was an American choreographer, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Gregory Hines

    Gregory Hines

    Dec. at 57 (1946-2003)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American dancer, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    Stanley Donen

    BirthplaceUnited States of America, United States, with Territories, Columbia, South Carolina

    Stanley Donen ( DON-ən; April 13, 1924 – February 21, 2019) was an American film director and... more on Wikipedia

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    Alvin Ailey

    Alvin Ailey

    Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

    BirthplaceRogers, Texas, United States of America

    Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American dancer, director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur Mitchell

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Arthur Mitchell (March 27, 1934 – September 19, 2018) was an American ballet dancer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael K. Williams

    BirthplaceFlatbush, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Martha Graham

    Martha Graham

    Dec. at 97 (1894-1991)

    BirthplacePennsylvania, United States of America

    Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer.... more on Wikipedia
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    Alwin Nikolais

    Alwin Nikolais

    Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Hartford County, New England, Connecticut, United States of America

    Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Morris

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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    Matthew Diamond

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Matthew Diamond (born November 26, 1951) is an American film and television director, producer... more on Wikipedia