Dance is an art form that we all need to engage in once in a while even if we have two left feet. Dance, like other arts, can be taught. That is why we have choreographers around. The world has had some of the best dancers and choreographers.
However, these choreographers listed revolutionised dance moves, and some of them continue to revolutionise the different forms of dance that we have today. By studying all these individuals in greater depths, you will get to see that they are indeed the best choreographers in history. Checkout the top 11 best and most famous dance choreographers of all time and 2019.
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11. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is a talented singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She has many other titles to add to these. I am sure we have all seen her in motion. Every song that she produces always has that unique Jennifer Lopez touch of dance. As a choreographer, she has come so far as to establish herself as one of the best choreographers we have today and we are proud of the work she does. I know she still has a lot of time with us, and the best we can do is learn from her.
10. Faran Khan
Faran is a woman of many titles and a beautiful one for that matter. She is a dancer, choreographer, producer, as well as a director. She has worked in Bollywood for quite a long time, and she still invests her talents in Bollywood making it more prosperous and better by the day. Faran started her career in a small way, and she would teach dance to some of her students. It took a short time and was noticed for her excellent talent in dancing, and now she is among the best choreographers that India has.
9. Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp is yet another extraordinary choreographer that we have today. She is a dancer as well as a singer. What makes her exemplary is the fact that she has this unique ability to combine ballet and modern dance and come up with an exquisite dance choreography that will leave you in awe. Her choreographies are always excellently done and unique always. No one can help but love her work. Most of her choreographies go hand in hand with jazz music, pop music, and classical music. Even so, this lady can work with any music.
This list would not be exciting if I left out this extraordinary woman. We all know Shakira, right? I believe that most people knew her because of her exquisite dance moves. This Colombian queen has shown the world moves that many never knew possible. The things she can do with her body are just amazing. She is a woman who has never had any problems when it comes to choreographing her dances because it is like second nature to her. Many people learn a lot from her and especially everything to do with belly dancing.
7. Saroj Khan
Have you ever seen Madhuri Dixit dance? If so, then you should know that all those beautiful dance moves she pulls off in all the dance forms she has mastered were taught to her by Saroj Khan. This woman is one of the finest choreographers that Bollywood has ever seen. Her knowledge and mastery of Indian dance forms are just amazing. Seeing her dance is also a lovely experience. With the talent she has, she has featured in over 230 movies, and we are still counting.
6. Shane Sparks
I thank God I got to see Shane Sparks in action. Shane can dance his heart out, and you will be carried away by every move he makes. I am sure we all remember the television show that featured dance competitions among different ‘couples.’ He was one of the judges. That is just one of the shows, but he has been featured in a number of them. Shane is a very talented choreographer, and no one can ever deny that. We can still learn a lot from him because he is still with us.
5. Michael Jackson
I am sure we all remember this legendary singer, songwriter, dancer, and choreographer; may his soul rest in peace. Michael Jackson was one person who would choreograph his dance moves and leave the rest of the world wondering what that was. His talent was unquestionable. Michael would make the moonwalk dance move, and people would start to cry because they are overwhelmed by their love for his work. This king of pop passed away in the year 2009, but he lives on through his music.
4. Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey is one of the most celebrated choreographers on the surface of the earth. He was a man who had a very strong spiritual background and in him was a desire to always enlighten people as well as entertain them while at it. All his values would be seen in his choreographies. In 1958 Alvin opened the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which is found in New York City, America. While alive he worked to make sure that the 20th-century dance concert included the African-American dances.
3. Katherine Dunham
Katherine Dunham was a woman who had mastered her art of dance, and with her talent, she helped a lot in getting the ‘black dance’ get recognition as a form of art in America. She died in the year 2006, but her legacy still lives on because of her dance company, the Katherine Dunham’s dance company, is still active and alive. It is because of her unique dance talent that she is even known as the “matriarch and the queen mother of black dance.” She earned it by her hard work.
2. Martha Graham
Martha was a spectacular woman who always took dancing to higher levels. She even had her style that is known as the Graham technique. This dance brought a revolution in the American dance, and as we stand now, her company is still one of the best American dance company. The Martha Graham Dance Company is still very active despite her passing away in the year 1991.
1. Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor is one man that we have today that we can call the god of dance. He was among the best choreographers of America during the 20th-century era. He is still with us today running his company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company which was started in the year 1954. I am particularly in love with the fact that at his age, he can still maintain his passion for dance. This is interestingly amazing.
Above are some of the most extraordinary choreographers that walked the earth. Most of them are still with us. Whether past or present, we can use their experiences in making ourselves better and getting out dance game back on. The world will never stop needing dancers and choreographers. Therefore, as a talented dancer or choreographer, it is wise that you learn from the best. There are numerous dance videos by these choreographers that you can watch on YouTube, and this will help you to raise the standard.