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Famous Choreographers from the United States

Updated October 13, 2018 5.1k views179 items

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

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

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    Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

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    Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

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    Maya Deren

    Dec. at 44 (1917-1961)

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    Jerome Robbins

    Dec. at 80 (1918-1998)

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    Gregory Hines

    Dec. at 57 (1946-2003)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Alvin Ailey

    Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

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    Martha Graham

    Dec. at 97 (1894-1991)

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    Alwin Nikolais

    Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

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