Dance is basically an art which usually needs certain movements of a body to a music or rhythmic. It is a different form of art and expression which consists of a visual element that can be understood by anyone. Be it hip-hop or salsa, ballet or contemporary, flamenco or oriental, dance is surely an enjoyable activity.
The world has seen some of the greatest and talented dancers in history and present who have rocked the dance floors. These popular dancers grooved on music videos and films to show the height of their dedication and passion to their specific dance moves. We have listed some of the greatest dancers in the world.
10. Martha Graham
She was an American choreographer and dancer who is also a leading name in the dance industry. She is among the legendary artists in the 20th century. She is the dancer behind well-codified dance technique which is choreographed over 150 works in her tenure. She has had a great impact on the whole field of modern dancing.
She has invented a new revolution of movement and it has been used to reveal the rage, the passion and the ecstasy which is widely seen in human experience. She choreographed and danced for up to 70 years. She was the first dancer of her time who performed at The White House. She was also the first dancer ever to travel over the world being a cultural ambassador, and the first ever to get the highest civilian award as a dancer, i.e. the Medal of Freedom.
9. Gene Kelly
Also known as Eugene Curran Kelly, Gene Kelly was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, director, and choreographer. He won Academy Award for his dancing. He was also one of the greatest innovators and biggest stars during the golden age of musicals of Hollywood. He considered his signature dance style as a hybrid of several approaches to dance, such as ballet, modern, and tap.
He was a leading exponent of filmed dance of 20th century who is known for his athletic and energetic dance style and characters he played on screen. Probably, he is well known for his performance in a reality show “Singin’ in the Rain” and dominated musical films from the 1940s to the 1950s. He was named as one of the greatest male actors and ranked at No. 15 by the American Film Institute in 1999.
8. Joaquin Cortes
He is a well-trained classical ballet and flamenco dancer who is based in Spain of Roma. He is among the few dancers who managed to become the great sex symbol in history and loved by both men and women. Both Jennifer Lopez and Madonna publicly told that they adore him and he has broken the hearts of Mira Sorvino and Naomi Campbell.
He introduced his first international tour named “Cibayi” in the year 1992 and formed Joaquin Cortes Flamenco Ballet Company. He formed his own company to diverge from the purist ballet and created his own fusion of ballet, flamenco, and modern dance. He performed as a guest dancer on May 15, 2007, in semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.
7. Rudolf Nureyev
He is known as among the most legendary male ballet dancers of the 20th century. Despite his late beginning, he soon enjoyed great recognition as a gifted dancer. He pushed himself quite hard, rehearsed for several hours to cover up the training missed for years.
Under the tutelage of Alexander Pushkin, who was a great dancer, he flourished. Along with nurturing a great dancer on him, Pushkin also allowed him to live with him. Sadly, he was the early victim of HIV and died in 1993 due to AIDS. He was a passionate collector of antique textiles and stunning carpets.
6. Mikhail Baryshnikov
He is among the greatest ballet dancers in history. He is a Russian-American dancer, and choreographer, born in the Soviet Union. He is known to be 20th century’s greatest ballet dancer by critics.
Followed by a great beginning in Kirov Ballet, he defected in 1974 to Canada and became the artistic director and main dancer with the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York City.
He has been associated with promoting modern dance and most of his artistic projects and premiered lots of new works. He became a successful actor in cinema, stage, and television.
5. Hrithik Roshan
On dance moves, acting skills, great looks, and personally, there is no match of Hrithik Roshan in Indian film industry. He is literally the “Tom Cruise” of Bollywood industry. He is known for his work ethic and versatility.
He is truly a dancing machine and the only actor who can perform even the most complex moves with sharp physical gestures, grace, and superb facial expression. The “Greek God” of Bollywood performs every move very effortlessly.
She is an American actress, recording artist and dancer. She has become the Best Selling Artist of All Time in her controversially successful dancing career and she is the most influential dancer in the world. Her dancing moves are quite entertaining, improvised and agile.
He has a very successful career in albums, singles, and dance moves. She has been known as the “Queen of Pop” and “Princess of Pop” with other entertainers like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston.
She is a Colombian dancer, singer-songwriter, choreographer, record producer, and model. The Barranquilla-born diva started her dancing since school days and gained prominence in Arabic, Latin, Rock & Roll, and Belly Dancing. She is among the most amazing dancers because she moves flawlessly while singing live.
2. Madhuri Dixit
She stole the hearts of many with her classical dance moves in Bollywood. Her graceful moves and expressions magically control the minds of her fans. No other dancer can match her expressions and the way she grooves with dance postures. She is the ultimate “Dancing Queen” of Bollywood.
She is well known for her popular dance numbers like Dhak Dhak in “Beta”, Ek Do Teen in “Tezaab”, Aaja Nachle, Maar Daala “Devdas” and Ghagra in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. She is also known as one of the best Indian dancers.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson literally wowed the audiences and won millions of hearts across the world with his eye-catching dance moves, along with his signature style “Moonwalk” in the 1980s. The pop star presented his great talent for dance and rhythm.
While performing the moonwalk, he performs a tornado spin and balances on his toes. It has become the trademark of Jackson’s dance style. He is truly a dance legend and a great illusionist.