Dance in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 355

  • 1910-01-20 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1910-05-23 Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("Television Blues"), and actor (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)
  • 1911-04-02 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1911-06-27 V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)

Person of interestGinger Rogers

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, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1912-04-14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher (d. 1996)

Person of interestGene Kelly

1912-08-23 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1912-11-21 Eleanor Powell, American stage and screen actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Broadway Melody films), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1913-10-07 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1913-10-22 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1914-04-15 John Gregory, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1914-05-23 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • 1914-06-12 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
  • 1914-10-03 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher (d. 1970)
  • 1914-10-20 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1915-07-18 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1915-08-12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1915-11-02 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • 1915-12-14 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1915-12-25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)

Person of interestBetty Grable

1916-12-18 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1917-01-02 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1917-02-21 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me In St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1917-05-22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1917-08-12 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), born in Buhl, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • 1917-09-28 Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
  • 1917-11-20 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1917-11-20 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), born in Bangalore, India (d. 2003)
  • 1917-12-21 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1917-12-31 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1918-05-13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1918-07-16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1918-12-23 Jose Greco, Italian-American flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers) (d. 2000), born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy
  • 1919-02-22 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1919-03-02 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • 1919-04-04 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1919-04-07 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio
  • 1919-05-23 Betty Garrett, American stage and screen comedian, singer, dancer, and actress (All In The Family - "Irene"; Laverne & Shirley - "Edna"), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1919-06-22 Gower Champion, American stage dancer, choreographer and actor (42nd Street, Showboat), born in Geneva, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1919-08-29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 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, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • 1920-01-30 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1920-02-22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • 1920-02-29 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1920-03-06 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1920-06-26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1920-08-03 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1920-08-23 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1921-02-16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1921-02-26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1921-03-27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1921-05-21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-06-25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-11-04 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1922-02-26 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1922-03-04 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1922-03-08 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1922-04-26 Margaret Scott, South African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1922-06-11 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1922-06-26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-06 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)
  • 1922-11-14 Marina Candael, Flemish dancer/choreography (Rhapsody in Blue)
  • 1923-01-21 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-12 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1923-04-20 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1923-04-28 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1924-01-10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • 1924-04-29 Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire, French dancer and actress (Carmen; Hans Christian Andersen), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1924-06-01 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1924-08-28 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2004)
  • 1925-01-13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1925-03-27 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925-08-28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

1925-12-08 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 1926-01-08 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • 1926-02-20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1926-04-22 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, (Facts Of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • 1926-07-19 Helen Gallagher, American singer, dancer and actress (Ryan's Hope, Strangers When We Meet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927-03-16 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928-01-14 Gerald Arpino, American dancer & choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1928-04-06 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928-05-23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • 1928-10-03 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1986)
  • 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 Betta St John [Betty Jean Striegler], American actress, singer and dancer (Dream Wife, Corridors of Blood), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1929-11-26 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (d. 1995)
  • 1930-07-29 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), born in Wilkinsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1930-12-24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931-01-05 Alvin Ailey, African-American choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1931-01-14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1931-03-06 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931-09-04 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRita Moreno

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

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 230

  • 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
  • 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 and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1993-10-07 Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88
  • 1994-06-06 Johnny Downs, American stage and screen actor, dancer, singer, and TV host, (Our Gang; Swing, Sister, Swing!), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1994-06-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994-06-16 Boris Alexandrov, Russian conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), dies at 88
  • 1994-07-08 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • 1994-08-29 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls, worked with Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 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, American 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
  • 1994-11-23 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, 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, American dancer, dies at 73
  • 1995-04-07 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), dies at 75

Person of interestGinger Rogers

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, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • 1995-06-01 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1995-06-05 Bettina Vernon-Warren, Austrian 'Bodenwieser' dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995-07-16 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1995-07-19 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, dies at 89
  • 1995-08-06 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995-08-10 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-08-21 James Truitte, dancer, dies at 72
  • 1995-09-01 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 1995-09-25 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), 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 Deane, dancer, choreographer and drama teacher, dies at 90
  • 1995-11-24 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, dies at 56
  • 1995-12-12 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • 1995-12-15 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, dies at 88
  • 1995-12-16 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85

Person of interestGene Kelly

1996-02-02 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1996-02-05 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1996-04-04 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996-04-16 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1996-05-20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 1996-05-29 Tamara Toumanova, Georgian-American prima ballerina, dies at 77
  • 1996-06-11 Ulysses Dove, American dancer (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and choreographer (Red Angels), dies of AIDS-related illness at 49
  • 1996-07-11 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • 1996-07-17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996-09-14 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • 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 and 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 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, dies at 91
  • 1997-02-01 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1997-02-08 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 1997-12-09 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 1998-05-31 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), dies at 77
  • 1998-09-09 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies of liver cancer at 47
  • 1998-11-03 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • 1999-01-29 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 1999-04-21 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American film actor (Wings), singer, and dance bandleader, dies at 94
  • 1999-09-20 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), dies at 79
  • 2000-03-05 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • 2000-03-30 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • 2000-04-11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2000-07-03 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2000-09-02 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2000-10-18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2000-12-31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2001-04-20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • 2001-11-24 Melanie Thornton, American pop-dance singer (La Bouche - "Be My Lover"), dies in a plane crash near Zürich, Switzerland, at 34
  • 2003-08-09 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003-09-27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2003-10-12 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • 2003-11-14 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Fame - "Leroy"), dies from complications of a stroke at 41
  • 2004-01-22 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • 2004-02-01 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer & choreographer, dies at 97
  • 2004-04-18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2004-10-30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80
  • 2005-01-08 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2006-01-24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • 2006-05-21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, dies at 96
  • 2006-09-02 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2007-02-01 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer, dies at 70
  • 2007-02-19 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • 2007-03-11 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2007-05-27 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer (Silk Stockings), and animal rights activist dies at 75
  • 2007-06-17 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008-02-07 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2008-06-12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90
  • 2008-06-17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • 2008-12-07 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2008-12-25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81