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  1. Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez


    Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents, who believed that it was an unrealistic career route for a Hispanic. Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role the following year, with the film Out of Sight. She ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album, On the 6.

  2. Usher Raymond

    Usher Raymond


    Usher Terry Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad".

  3. Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson


    Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

  4. Kimberly Wyatt

    Kimberly Wyatt


    Kimberly Kaye Wyatt (born February 4, 1982) is an American singer, dancer, choreographer and television personality. She is best known as a former member of the American pop/R&B girl group and dance ensemble the Pussycat Dolls. She joined the Pussycat Dolls in 2003, and left the group in 2010.

  5. Paula Abdul

    Paula Abdul


    Paula Julie Abdul (/ˈæbdl/; born June 19, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".

  6. Gates McFadden

    Gates McFadden


    Cheryl Gates McFadden (born March 2, 1949), usually credited as Gates McFadden, is an American actress and choreographer. She is best known for playing Dr. Beverly Crusher in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and in the four subsequent films.

  7. Ashley Roberts

    Ashley Roberts


    Ashley Allyn Roberts (born September 14, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, model, presenter, and television personality, best known as a former member of the modern burlesque group and dance ensemble the Pussycat Dolls. She departed from the band in February 2010, in order to pursue a solo singing and acting career but also, due to the overemphasis on the band's main singer, Nicole Scherzinger.

  8. Sabrina Bryan

    Sabrina Bryan


    Reba Sabrina Hinojos (born September 16, 1984), better known by her stage name Sabrina Bryan, is an American singer, actress, author, songwriter, fashion designer, choreographer, dancer, and television personality best known as a member of the girl group The Cheetah Girls, and for starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name and its sequels, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World. Before she appeared on television, Bryan was a dancer, and trained at Hart Academy of Dance, located in La Habra, California.

  9. Debbie Allen

    Debbie Allen


    Deborrah Kaye “Debbie” Allen (born January 16, 1950) is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer, and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series' principal choreographer. She plays Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashād.

  10. Kenny Wormald

    Kenny Wormald


    Kenneth "Kenny" Wormald (born July 27, 1984) is an American dancer, reality television star and actor. His best known role to date is perhaps as Ren McCormack in the 2011 remake of 1984's Footloose. Wormald was a regular on the MTV reality television series Dancelife in 2007.

  11. Carrie Ann Inaba

    Carrie Ann Inaba


    Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American dancer, choreographer, television dance competition judge, actress, game show host, and singer. She is best known for her work in Dancing With the Stars (USA).

  12. Rosie Perez

    Rosie Perez


    Rosa Maria "Rosie" Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer.

  13. Gene Kelly

    Gene Kelly


    Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen.

  14. Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire


    Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor.

  15. Harry Shum Jr.

    Harry Shum Jr.


    Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is an American actor, dancer, singer, songwriter, and choreographer. He is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox television show Glee and as Magnus Bane on the show Shadowhunters based on the Mortal Instruments Series. He has appeared in dance films such as Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. He also played the character of Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

  16. Khandi Alexander

    Khandi Alexander


    Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. She is best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods in the CBS police procedural series CSI: Miami, as LaDonna Batiste-Williams in HBO drama Treme, and as Catherine Duke in NBC sitcom NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring roles in NBC medical drama ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton, and as Maya Lewis, Olivia Pope's mother in ABC drama Scandal. Alexander also received critical acclaim for her performance in the HBO miniseries The Corner in 2000.

  17. Katherine LaNasa

    Katherine LaNasa


    Katherine LaNasa (born December 1, 1966) is an American actress, former ballet dancer and choreographer. She starred in films Jayne Mansfield's Car, The Campaign and The Frozen Ground. On television, LaNasa had a leading role in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters (2001–2002), appeared in a recurring roles on Judging Amy, Two and a Half Men, Big Love and Longmire, and also starred in the short-lived dramas Love Monkey (2006) and Deception (2013). In 2014, LaNasa began starring as Adrianna, a madam who has a male escort service, in the USA Network drama series, Satisfaction.

  18. Lisa Niemi

    Lisa Niemi


    Lisa Niemi Swayze (born May 26, 1956), also known by her stage name, Lisa Niemi, is an American writer, director, actress and dancer. She is the widow of actor, singer, and dancer Patrick Swayze. They were married for 34 years, from 1975 until his death in 2009.

  19. Adolfo Quinones

    Adolfo Quinones


    Shabba Doo (born Adolfo Gordon Quiñones; May 11, 1955) is an American actor, dancer, and choreographer. He is best known for his role as Orlando "Ozone" in the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

  20. Deney Terrio

    Deney Terrio


    Denis George Mahan (born June 15, 1950), better known as Deney Terrio, is an American choreographer, host of the television musical variety series Dance Fever from 1979 to 1985. In 1991, he sued Merv Griffin, the show's producer, for sexual harassment; the US$11.3 million case was later dismissed.

  21. Bob Fosse

    Bob Fosse


    Robert Louis "Bob" Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was an American dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor.

  22. Cris Judd

    Cris Judd


    Cristan Leenon "Cris" Judd (born 1969) is an American actor and choreographer known for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez.

  23. Denise Faye

    Denise Faye


    Denise Faye is a director/choreographer/actress. She is the recipient of an American Choreography Award, as well as a Screen Actor's Guild Award for the Academy Award winning film, Chicago. Denise won the Dance Track Magazine "Artist Award" for best choreography in a feature film for her work in the film, Burlesque. Additionally, she received nominations including the Fred and Adele Astaire Award and The World Dance Awards for her choreography in Burlesque.

  24. Toni Basil

    Toni Basil


    Antonia Christina Basilotta (born September 22, 1943), better known by her stage name Toni Basil, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982.

  25. Vera Zorina

    Vera Zorina


    Vera Zorina (January 2, 1917 – April 9, 2003) was a Norwegian ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer.

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