Dance in History

Events in Music

  • 1374-06-24 Sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion
  • 1668-02-07 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
  • 1808-04-13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • 1896-04-25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire (Cripple Creek Colorado)
  • 1910-03-27 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312
  • 1914-07-28 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox


1917-10-15 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1923-01-04 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1923-03-31 1st dance marathon-NYC-Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs
  • 1924-04-19 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville Tn
  • 1926-02-02 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • 1939-10-24 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
  • 1940-04-23 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
  • 1941-01-03 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1950-01-20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • 1950-02-18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 1952-02-29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • 1953-02-10 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • 1953-05-23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • 1953-06-13 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • 1954-02-10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • 1955-02-17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • 1956-02-17 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • 1957-03-03 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones (GRB)
  • 1957-11-20 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
  • 1958-02-15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • 1959-02-28 Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB
  • 1959-04-24 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • 1959-06-13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • 1960-03-05 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • 1961-06-16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

Music releaseMusic Recording

1962-10-18 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1964-05-02 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
  • 1964-05-16 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • 1965-12-06 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125
  • 1966-01-07 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • 1966-02-27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB
  • 1967-03-04 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • 1968-03-02 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • 1969-02-28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR
  • 1970-03-07 Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • 1973-03-01 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • 1976-03-06 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • 1977-06-11 "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine" by Universal Robot Band peaks at #93
  • 1977-07-08 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)
  • 1978-03-09 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • 1979-03-17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • 1979-08-23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • 1979-09-18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1980-03-14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • 1981-03-05 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • 1982-03-13 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)
  • 1983-03-11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • 1983-05-11 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

1983-05-21 David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1983-12-21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 1984-03-23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1984-05-19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
  • 1985-03-08 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1985-08-11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • 1985-09-18 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances
  • 1986-11-08 "Song & Dance" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances
  • 1987-03-13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987-11-17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1988-03-27 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1989-03-19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • 1990-03-10 Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (URS)
  • 1990-04-01 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1991-01-19 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves, Jeremy Irons, & Kathy Bates wins

  • 1991-03-14 Ice Dance Championship at Munich won by Isabel & Phil Duchesnay (FRA)
  • 1991-03-25 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win
  • 1992-03-29 Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)
  • 1992-07-19 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife
  • 1992-12-27 "Tommy Tune Tonite! Song & Dance Act" opens at Gershwin NYC for 10 per
  • 1993-03-19 Ice Dance Championship in Prague won by M Usova & A Zhulin (RUS)
  • 1994-03-27 Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1994-07-23 Dancer Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke
  • 1995-03-12 Ice Dance Championship at Birmingham UK won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1996-03-25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1997-03-21 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • 2004-05-15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-07-01 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • 2016-12-02 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 343

  • 1701-05-31 Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible
  • 1710-04-14 Marie A C de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer
  • 1724-02-29 Eva Marie Veigel, ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick (d. 1822)
  • 1727-04-29 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer/choreographer (ballet d'action)
  • 1729-04-18 Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer
  • 1733-03-05 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer
  • 1741-12-08 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French dancer/choreographer (Menuet Reine)
  • 1758-02-04 Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1760-03-27 MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers
  • 1815-12-22 Lucien Petipa, French dancer/choreographer/ballet leader
  • 1817-05-11 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • 1819-03-11 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • 1821-02-17 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1835-03-15 Eduard Strauss, Austria, composer (318 Dance)
  • 1856-03-09 Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (d. 1928)
  • 1859-12-22 Cecil [James] Sharp, collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England
  • 1872-03-31 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1876-08-07 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1877-01-20 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1877-05-26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • 1878-05-25 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • 1879-05-27 Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Watch on the Rhine, Let's Dance)
  • 1879-06-24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1879-12-15 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
  • 1880-02-14 Aida Overton Walker, US dancer/singer (In Dahomey, Salome)
  • 1880-04-26 Mikhail Fokine, Russia, choreographer/founder of modern dance
  • 1881-08-19 Georges Enesco, [or Enescu], Romania, composer (Romanian Dances)
  • 1882-01-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer (d. 1956)
  • 1882-05-25 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)
  • 1883-05-26 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884-01-12 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1885-02-26 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • 1886-11-13 Mary Wigman, German dancer and choreographer (d. 1973)
  • 1887-02-28 William Zorach, Lithuania, US sculptor (Spirit of the Dance)
  • 1887-05-02 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
  • 1887-11-23 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1889-01-19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1889-02-11 John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)
  • 1889-11-24 Albert J Sylvester, England, ballroom dancer (Alex Moor Award-1977)
  • 1890-02-28 Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer (3/12 NS), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1890-03-12 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1891-10-21 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • 1891-12-25 Earle Foxe, Oxford OH, actor (Dance Fools Dance)
  • 1893-04-07 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • 1893-07-25 Dorothy Dickson, actress/dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy)
  • 1893-09-03 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer/choreography/teacher (Schepelingen)
  • 1893-10-27 Johan G Dancer, Dutch poet (Meetings)
  • 1895-03-24 Arthur Murray, dancer (Arthur Murray's Dance Party)
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-10-17 Doris Humphrey, Oak Park Ill, dancer (Dances of Women)
  • 1896-09-10 Adele Astaire, American dancer and entertainer (d. 1981)
  • 1896-11-23 Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer/actress (Roman scandals)
  • 1896-11-28 Lilia Skala, actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1898-02-21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1898-09-08 Queenie Smith, American actress/dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899-02-20 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1899-05-10 Fred Astaire, tap dancer/actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1900-08-25 Mary Bruce, dance Teacher
  • 1900-11-28 Lester Vail, actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage)
  • 1900-12-12 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (d. 1988)
  • 1901-01-10 Pauline Starke, Joplin MO, actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic)
  • 1901-07-22 Charles Weidman, Nebraska, modern dancer/choreographer (Candide)
  • 1901-08-28 Cornelis J Kelk, Dutch writer (Dance of Young Feet)
  • 1901-10-24 Gilda Gray, Polish-born American actress and dancer (d. 1959)
  • 1902-01-08 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • 1902-02-09 Blanche Calloway, US vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • 1902-02-19 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1902-04-03 Henri Garat, actor (Congress Dances), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-07-04 George Murphy, (Sen-R-California)/actor/dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1902-10-07 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1903-02-04 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1903-06-21 Helene Costello, dancer/actress (Love Toy)
  • 1904-01-02 Sally Rand, Hickory County MO, stripper (fan dance)
  • 1904-01-03 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 1904-01-10 Ray Bolger, Dorchester Mass, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz)
  • 1904-02-29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1904-03-30 Akarova, [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1904-07-27 Anton Dolin, [Patrick Healey-Kay], dancer (Girl From Petrovka)
  • 1904-11-15 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1905-07-22 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble)
  • 1905-09-01 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1905-10-09 Euphemia MacDonald, dance producer
  • 1905-10-15 Edna Deanne Fuelling, dancer choreographer/drama teacher
  • 1905-12-19 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/choreographer
  • 1906-03-17 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1906-06-03 Josephine Baker, American dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1906-09-15 Kathryn Murray, dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1906-10-05 Louise Brown, dancer/teacher
  • 1906-12-27 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-04-20 William Dollar, ballet dancer/choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1907-05-28 Henry Ritz, comedian/dancer (Ritz Brothers)
  • 1907-11-03 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist
  • 1908-01-12 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • 1908-04-23 Frederick Hawkins, dancer
  • 1908-06-24 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d 1987)
  • 1908-11-24 Ray Carter, orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1909-04-09 Robert Helpmann, Mount Gambier, Australia, actor/dancer (Second Time Lucky, The Red Shoes)
  • 1909-06-22 Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer (Casbah, Stormy Weather)
  • 1910-01-20 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher

Weddings in Music

  • 1848-03-20 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez

HeartWedding of Interest

1895-07-11 Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy Mata Hari (18) weds Dutch colonial army Captain Rudolph MacLeod in Amsterdam

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1922-05-02 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

1922-09-28 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon

HeartWedding of Interest

1928-08-25 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna

HeartWedding of Interest

1929-03-29 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-01-30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello

HeartWedding of Interest

1937-01-27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • 1937-07-11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-11-23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

HeartWedding of Interest

1941-02-04 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

1942-10-12 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1948-05-15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

1951-11-14 Musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan

HeartWedding of Interest

1983-02-13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-03-22 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England

  • 1987-05-16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-08-07 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

  • 1992-06-06 "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (35) weds burlesque dancer Grace Morley

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-02-14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-10-25 Singer-dancer Paula Abdul (33) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman (30) at Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-04-05 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-09-29 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 2002-02-23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-09-18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-10-14 "Celtic Tiger" choreographer Michael Flatley (48) weds fellow dancer Niamh O'Brien at St. Patrick's Church in Fermoy, Ireland

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • 2007-09-01 "Dancing with the Stars" tv personality Alec Mazo (29) weds fellow dancer Edyta Sliwinska (28) in San Francisco, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-08-04 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

  • 2012-08-18 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • 2013-09-06 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City
  • 2013-09-29 Actor and musician Jackson Rathbone (28) weds burlesque dancer Sheila Hafsadi in Malibu, California
  • 2013-10-12 Former Guns N' Roses Matt Sorum (52) weds singer and dancer Adriane Harper in Palm Springs, California
  • 2015-06-18 Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City
  • 2015-07-11 Professional dancer Kevin Clifton (33) weds fellow dancer Karen Hauer (33) at One Great George Street in Westminster
  • 2016-07-31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1948-03-22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990-01-03 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1999-02-14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-07-02 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

  • 2007-07-05 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-07-30 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 2010-06-19 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 193

  • 0548-06-28 Theodora, dancer/empress of Byzantine (Nika-oproer), dies
  • 1770-04-28 Marie AC de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer, dies at 60
  • 1778-06-12 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62
  • 1787-03-11 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45
  • 1816-12-16 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73
  • 1822-10-16 Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian ballet dancer (b. 1724)
  • 1825-01-14 George Dance the Younger, English architect (b. 1741)
  • 1842-12-05 MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers, dies at 82
  • 1897-04-03 Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • 1898-07-07 Lucien Petipa, French dancer/choreograph/ballet leader, dies
  • 1899-06-10 Ernest Chausson, French composer (Solitude dance le bois), dies at 44
  • 1908-09-20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist/composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1910-07-01 Marius Petipa, Fren ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies
  • 1916-12-28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81


1917-10-15 Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1926-05-17 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • 1927-09-14 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel
  • 1927-11-01 Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
  • 1928-02-16 Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)
  • 1929-01-30 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1929-08-19 Sergei P Diaghilev, Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
  • 1941-04-17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1942-03-15 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70
  • 1942-08-22 Mikhailmichel Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies
  • 1943-10-18 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • 1946-09-16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1949-11-25 Luther "Bill" Robinson, "Bojangles" famed tap dancer, dies at 71
  • 1950-04-08 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1951-11-05 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer/pegagoge, dies at 72
  • 1952-07-27 W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russia, ballet dancer, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954-11-03 Henri E B Matisse, French painter/sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • 1958-07-01 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/Ger choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • 1958-12-29 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • 1959-02-20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • 1959-07-20 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77
  • 1959-08-13 Henry Garat, actor (Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • 1959-11-28 Lester Vail, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies on 59th birthday
  • 1963-11-19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • 1964-01-23 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1964-05-10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • 1968-06-21 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1968-07-26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 1969-01-25 Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • 1970-08-23 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • 1971-09-22 Yvonne St Clair, dancer, dies at 57
  • 1972-01-09 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • 1972-02-21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1972-08-14 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972-12-02 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1974-12-24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • 1975-07-15 Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • 1977-08-21 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • 1978-08-05 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • 1978-09-24 Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • 1978-10-16 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • 1978-12-16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • 1980-08-25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • 1981-07-27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1982-02-11 Eleanor Powell, tap dancer and wife of Glenn Ford, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1982-02-24 Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
  • 1982-02-27 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer, dies at 39
  • 1984-02-09 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • 1984-02-15 Avon Long, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984-09-19 June Preisser, dancer/actress (Babes in Arms), dies in car crash at 61
  • 1984-10-25 Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of heart attack at 24
  • 1985-05-02 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1986-05-18 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1986-06-03 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), dies at 81
  • 1987-01-15 Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1987-02-28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1987-04-20 Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78

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1987-06-22 Fred Astaire, actor/dancer (Royal Wedding, Let's Dance), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1987-10-09 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • 1988-12-22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • 1989-01-27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1989-08-23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 1990-09-16 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1991-03-03 Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 1991-05-22 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • 1991-07-03 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • 1991-08-09 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • 1991-08-12 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 1991-08-20 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1991-09-15 Allan Sobek, dancer, dies
  • 1991-11-10 Tutte Lemkow, dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73
  • 1991-12-15 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1991-12-27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1992-01-01 Corky Geil, dancer, dies in Long Beach CA at 64
  • 1992-01-28 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 1992-03-20 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • 1992-05-02 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992-05-27 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992-06-24 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • 1992-09-07 Indra Kamadjojo, [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies
  • 1992-10-26 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1992-10-28 Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57
  • 1992-11-12 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1992-11-24 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • 1992-11-29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, dancer/singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-11-30 Jorge Donn, dancer, dies after long illness at 45