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"
  • 1812-05-11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.
  • 1840-04-13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • 1896-04-25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at 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

BattleExecution

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

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1923-01-04 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1923-03-31 First dance marathon in New York City; Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hours with 6 different partners
  • 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, Tennessee
  • 1926-02-02 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • 1927-12-10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1939-10-24 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
  • 1940-04-23 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi

  • 1941-01-03 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-04-24 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • 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
  • 1957-11-20 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
  • 1959-04-24 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1960-08-06 Chubby Checker performs his version of "The Twist" on "The Dick Clark Show" starting a worldwide dance craze
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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
  • 1961-06-16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

Music release#1 in the Charts

1962-01-13 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker

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
  • 1965-12-06 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • 1966-01-07 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • 1973-03-01 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1983-12-21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 1984-05-19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1990-04-01 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

  • 1991-03-25 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win
  • 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 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-07-23 Dancer and actor Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 2004-05-15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • 2007-06-10 Novelty dance song "I'm a Gummy Bear" by German band Gummibär released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-06-30 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 339

  • 1710-04-15 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, born in Brussels, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1770)
  • 1724-02-29 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)
  • 1727-04-29 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1729-04-18 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1733-03-05 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer
  • 1741-12-08 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1748-08-31 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1820)
  • 1758-02-04 Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1760-03-27 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1815-12-22 Lucien Petipa, French ballet dancer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1898)
  • 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 and courtesan, born in Grange, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • 1821-09-17 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1835-02-02 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, born in Milan (d. 1905)
  • 1835-03-15 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 Dance)
  • 1844-03-10 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), born in Pamplona, Spain (d. 1908)
  • 1856-03-09 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1859-11-22 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1872-03-31 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet)

Person of interestMata Hari

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

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and 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)

Person of interestBill Robinson

1878-05-25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles", American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, The Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1879-06-24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1879-12-15 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), born in Bratislava, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1880-02-14 Aida Overton Walker, African-American dancer & singer (In Dahomey, Salome), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1914)
  • 1880-04-26 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer and founder of modern dance, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1881-08-19 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1882-01-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (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, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1887-05-02 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • 1887-11-23 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1889-01-19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1889-11-24 Albert J Sylvester, England, ballroom dancer (Alex Moor Award-1977)
  • 1890-02-28 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance' , born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • 1890-03-12 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1891-10-21 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • 1893-04-07 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • 1893-07-25 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1893-09-03 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • 1893-10-27 Johan G Dancer, Dutch poet (Meetings)
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1896-08-09 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1896-09-10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • 1896-11-23 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1896-11-28 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1898-02-21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1898-09-08 Queenie Smith, American actress and dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1899-02-20 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)

Person of interestFred Astaire

1899-05-10 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1900-08-25 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, born in Chicago (d. 1995)
  • 1900-12-12 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1901-01-10 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1901-07-22 Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1901-10-24 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-born American actress and dancer, born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1902-01-08 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • 1902-02-09 Blanche Calloway, American 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, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1902-07-04 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

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)
  • 1903-06-13 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), born in Aytos, Burgas (d. 1982)
  • 1904-01-03 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 1904-01-10 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (Wizard of Oz), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1904-02-29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1904-03-30 Akarova, [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1904-04-03 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1904-07-27 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), born in Slinfold, Sussex, England (d. 1983)
  • 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, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1905-07-22 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble)
  • 1905-09-01 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1905-09-18 Agnes De Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1905-10-09 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, born in Townhead, Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1905-10-15 Edna Deane, dancer, choreographer and drama teacher, born in Orange Free State (d. 1995)
  • 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)

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1906-06-03 Josephine Baker, American dancer, Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1906-06-21 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1906-09-15 Kathryn Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1906-12-27 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907-04-20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1907-11-03 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1908-01-12 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1908-04-23 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1908-06-24 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, born in Champakulam, Kuttanad (now Kerala), British India (d. 1987)
  • 1908-11-24 Ray Carter, American orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1909-04-09 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1909-06-22 Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer (Casbah, Stormy Weather), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1909-08-25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • 1910-01-20 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1910-05-23 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1910-12-25 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1911-01-27 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)

Weddings in Music

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

LoveWedding 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 German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1922-05-02 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

LoveWedding 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)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2016-07-31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

LoveWedding of Interest

2018-01-03 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page

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
Musician
Nat King Cole

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1953-07-07 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage

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 221

  • 1770-04-28 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60
  • 1787-03-11 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), dies at 45
  • 1808-09-27 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1810-10-19 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), dies at 83
  • 1816-12-16 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73
  • 1820-03-26 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1822-10-16 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, dies at 98
  • 1842-12-05 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1870-09-02 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, dies at 48
  • 1897-04-03 Johannes Brahms, German composer and 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
  • 1905-03-15 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, dies at 70
  • 1910-07-01 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies at 92
  • 1916-12-28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81

BattleMata Hari

1917-10-15 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1918-02-15 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, dies at 30
  • 1924-06-23 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, dies at 64
  • 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 Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1929-01-30 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1929-03-15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1929-08-19 Sergei P Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
  • 1941-04-17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1942-08-22 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • 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

Person of interestBill Robinson

1949-11-25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 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], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • 1956-11-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1958-07-01 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • 1958-12-01 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • 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
  • 1961-11-01 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 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
  • 1968-07-21 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (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, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • 1971-09-22 Yvonne St Clair, dancer, dies at 57
  • 1972-12-02 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64

Person of interestBetty Grable

1973-07-02 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1974-05-23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82
  • 1979-03-15 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • 1981-07-27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1981-08-30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1982-02-27 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, dies at 39
  • 1982-11-27 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), dies at 79
  • 1983-11-25 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), dies at 79
  • 1984-02-09 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • 1984-09-19 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 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
  • 1985-09-06 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • 1986-02-28 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1986-04-01 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • 1986-05-18 John Bubbles Sublett, American tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1986-09-28 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • 1986-11-22 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1987-01-15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1987-02-28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1987-04-20 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78

Person of interestFred Astaire

1987-06-22 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1987-10-09 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • 1988-12-22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • 1989-01-27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • 1989-08-23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 1990-05-16 Sammy Davis Jr, American singer, dancer and actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • 1990-09-16 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1991-03-03 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 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
  • 1991-11-10 Tutte Lemkow, dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73
  • 1991-12-27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 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
  • 1993-01-01 Phyllis Hill, American dancer & actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1993-01-06 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1993-01-29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65