Dance in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 341

  • 1911-04-02 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

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1911-07-16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle) born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1912-03-13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer
  • 1912-04-14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • 1912-08-23 Gene Kelly, Pitts, dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way)
  • 1912-09-22 Alfred G Vanderbilt, thoroughbred horse owner (Native Dancer)
  • 1912-11-21 Eleanor Powell, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1913-10-07 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1913-10-22 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, US dancer/actress (Handle With Care)
  • 1914-04-15 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • 1914-05-23 Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine)
  • 1914-05-23 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • 1914-06-12 Peter Lancelot Williams, dance journalist
  • 1914-10-03 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher
  • 1915-11-02 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1915-12-14 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-12-25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • 1917-01-02 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1917-05-22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • 1917-09-28 Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
  • 1917-11-20 Pam Henningen, [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian/Dutch dancer
  • 1917-11-20 Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer
  • 1918-05-13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1918-07-16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 1989)
  • 1918-12-23 Jose Greco, Italy, flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)
  • 1919-03-02 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • 1919-04-07 Ralph Flanagan, Loraine Ohio, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)
  • 1919-09-02 Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1919-11-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1920-01-24 Don Saddler, Van Nuys California, dancer (Holiday Hotel)
  • 1920-01-30 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • 1920-02-22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • 1920-08-23 Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke)

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1921-02-16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1921-03-08 Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • 1921-03-27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1921-05-21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-06-25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • 1921-11-04 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer
  • 1922-07-06 Francisco Moncion, dancer
  • 1922-11-09 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress/singer/dancer (Porgy & Bess), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1922-11-14 Marina Candael, Flemish dancer/choreography (Rhapsody in Blue)
  • 1923-01-21 Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain
  • 1923-02-21 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • 1923-04-12 Ann Miller, [Lucille Ann Collier], Cherino, Tex, dancer (On the Town)
  • 1923-04-20 Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania)
  • 1924-01-10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer
  • 1924-04-29 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-06-01 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1924-10-10 Ludmilla Tcherina, French actress/ballet dancer (Sins of Rome)
  • 1925-01-13 Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)
  • 1925-03-27 Robert Cohan, artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust)
  • 1925-08-28 Donald O'Connor, dancer/actor (Singing in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-12-08 Sammy Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926-01-08 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1926-03-23 Martha Wright, actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1927-07-25 Stanley Dancer, harness racer (4 Hambletonians, 3 Trot Triple Crown)
  • 1927-10-16 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist
  • 1928-04-06 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928-10-03 Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer (National Ballet of Canada)
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-11-26 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
  • 1930-04-16 Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
  • 1930-07-29 Paul Taylor, dancer/choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company) [or 6/5]
  • 1930-08-01 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidad, dancer/actor (Annie, The Wiz)
  • 1930-12-24 Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], US, dancer
  • 1931-01-05 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)
  • 1931-02-04 Isabel Martínez de Perón, [Maria Martinez], wife of Juan Perón and President of Argentina (1974-76), born in La Rioja, Argentina
  • 1931-03-06 Carmen Delavallade, US dancer/singer/actress (Aida)
  • 1931-05-03 Joseph Lichtman Layton, dancer
  • 1931-07-10 Alice Munro, author (Dance of the Happy Shades)
  • 1931-09-04 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1931-12-11 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Singer/Dancer/Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1932-08-28 Carlene Polite, US dancer/activist/author (Sister X)
  • 1932-08-31 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1933-08-04 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds)
  • 1934-03-10 Judith Jamison, artistic director (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
  • 1934-03-27 Arthur Mitchell, choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem)
  • 1934-06-29 Henning Kronstam, dancer
  • 1934-07-28 Jacques d'Amboise, Dedham Mass, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Company)
  • 1934-09-05 Carol Lawrence, Illinois, dancer/actress (West Side Story)
  • 1934-11-03 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer, Actress, Dancer, Founder of Calcutta Youth Choir
  • 1936-09-25 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1936-10-01 Edward Villella, Bayside Queens, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet)
  • 1936-11-25 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1937-02-05 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • 1937-08-22 Donald MacLeary, dancer
  • 1938-03-17 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1939-01-21 Mary Ellen McAnally, Illinois, poet (Dance of the Zygotes)
  • 1939-02-20 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • 1939-02-28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1939-10-11 Woiciech Wiesidlowski Lowski, dancer
  • 1939-12-18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1940-04-03 Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • 1940-06-13 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), born in Northern California (d. 2017)
  • 1940-07-27 Pina Bausch, German dancer
  • 1941-06-12 Chick Corea, Chelsea Mass, jazz pianist (Delhpi I, Toy Dance)
  • 1941-07-01 Twyla Tharp, Portland Ind, choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe)
  • 1941-07-09 Karin von Aroldingen, Germany, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 192 of 192

  • 1993-01-29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies
  • 1993-02-28 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1993-03-11 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • 1993-03-22 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1993-06-09 Alexis Smith, dancer/actress (Follies), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1993-10-06 Agnes de Mille, US dancer/choreographer (Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • 1994-06-06 John Morey Downs, actor/dancer/singer, dies at 80
  • 1994-06-13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994-06-16 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88
  • 1994-07-08 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • 1994-08-22 Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine), dies at 80
  • 1994-09-02 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1994-10-03 Virginia Dale, US actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • 1994-10-20 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1994-10-29 Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1994-10-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1994-11-18 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • 1994-11-23 Erick Frederick Hawkins, US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85
  • 1995-02-04 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1995-03-11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1995-03-13 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65
  • 1995-04-01 Francisco Moncion, dancer, dies at 73
  • 1995-04-04 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist, dies at 67

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1995-04-25 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1995-05-16 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 1995-05-18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995-05-28 Henning Kronstam, dancer, dies at 60
  • 1995-06-01 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1995-06-05 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995-07-16 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1995-08-06 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995-08-10 Peter Lancelot Williams, dance journalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-08-21 James Truitte, dancer, dies at 72
  • 1995-09-25 Dorothy Dickson, actress/dancer (Paying the Piper), dies at 102
  • 1995-11-18 Ted Sannella, square dance caller, dies of cancer
  • 1995-11-19 Martha Hill, modern dancer/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995-11-22 Edna Deanne Fuelling, dancer choreographer/drama teacher, dies at 90
  • 1995-11-24 Woiciech Woytek Wiesidlowski Lowski, dancer, dies at 56
  • 1995-12-12 Mary Bruce, dance Teacher, dies at 95
  • 1995-12-15 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
  • 1995-12-16 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • 1996-02-02 Gene Kelly, actor/dancer (Singing in the Rain), dies at 83
  • 1996-02-05 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer, dies at 74
  • 1996-04-04 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996-04-16 Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
  • 1996-05-20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 1996-05-29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • 1996-06-11 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • 1996-07-17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996-08-30 Louise Brown, dancer/teacher, dies at 89
  • 1996-09-14 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • 1996-09-16 Gene Nelson, actor/dancer (SOB, Purple Hills, Starlift), dies at 76
  • 1996-09-20 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996-09-22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1996-10-27 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher, dies at 84
  • 1996-10-27 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996-11-05 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1996-11-26 Euphemia MacDonald May Moxon, dance producer, dies at 91
  • 1997-02-08 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 1997-02-13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
  • 1997-12-09 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 1997-12-10 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • 1998-09-09 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
  • 1999-01-29 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2000-04-11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2000-09-02 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2000-10-18 Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
  • 2000-12-31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2001-11-24 Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • 2003-08-09 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (b. 1946)
  • 2004-01-22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • 2004-02-01 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • 2004-03-21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • 2005-01-08 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2006-01-24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)
  • 2006-03-23 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2006-05-21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • 2006-09-02 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2007-02-01 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • 2007-06-17 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2007-06-24 Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dancehall artist (b. 1974)
  • 2008-02-07 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2008-06-17 Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • 2008-12-07 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2009-04-27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • 2009-09-14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2011-02-12 Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • 2011-06-07 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • 2011-07-10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • 2014-05-07 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • 2016-01-24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • 2017-03-18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80