Dance in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 369

  • 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-American 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)

Ginger Rogers

1911-07-16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American vaudeville, stage and screen dancer, singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

  • 1912-03-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1912-04-14 Belinda Quirey, British dance historian and teacher (d. 1996)

Gene Kelly

1912-08-23 Gene Kelly, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

  • 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)
  • 1913-10-22 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1913-11-20 Irina Nijinska, Russian-Polish-American ballet dancer, and teacher, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 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, British ballet dancer and teacher, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914-06-12 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
  • 1914-10-03 (Neeltje) "Nel" Roos, Dutch ballerina and dance teacher, born Ridderkerk, Netherlands (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)

Betty 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)

  • 1917-01-02 Vera Zorina [Eva Hartwig], German-Norwegian ballet dancer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1917-02-01 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), born in Royalton, Minnesota (d. 1981)
  • 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 Somes, British dancer (Royal Ballet, 1938-70), born in Horsley, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • 1918-08-31 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, Filipino composer and pianist (Bayanihan Dance Company), born in San Fernando, Philippines (d. 2008)
  • 1918-12-23 Jose Greco, Italian-American flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers), born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 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, actor, and theater director (42nd Street; Showboat; Marge & Gower Champion Show), 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 (née Belcher), American dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1920-12-12 Dick James [Leon Vapnick], British dance band vocalist and Beatles' music publisher (Northern Songs), born in London, England (d. 1986)

Vera-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)

  • 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 (Bernard) "Bunny" 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 and choreography (Rhapsody in Blue), born Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 2003)
  • 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) "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer (The Merry Monahans; Herr Come The Co-eds), 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)

Sammy 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)

  • 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 (Cats; 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 Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer, dancer and actress (No, No, Nanette; Ryan's Hope), 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 dancer and 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

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 237

  • 1992-11-29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, American dancer and singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992-11-30 Jorge Donn, dancer, dies after long illness at 45
  • 1993-01-01 Phyllis Hill, American stage and film dancer and actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1993-01-06 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), 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 Tony and Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer (Rodeo; Oklahoma!), 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, American dancer and singer, dies of lymphatic cancer at 26
  • 1994-08-29 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls; 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 and dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • 1994-10-20 Robert Medley, English artist and theater designer, dies at 88
  • 1994-10-29 Evelyn Anderson, American dancer (Josephine Baker review), dies at 87 [1]
  • 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
  • 1995-01-29 Chris de Marigny, British dance administrator, dies at 52
  • 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

Ginger Rogers

1995-04-25 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American vaudeville, stage and screen dancer, singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), dies at 83

  • 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, English dancer, dies at 80
  • 1995-06-05 Bettina Vernon-Warren, Austrian 'Bodenwieser' dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995-07-16 Travis Kemp, British ballet dancer and 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, American ballet dancer (Lester Horton; Alvin Ailley), 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, American modern dancer and teacher (Juilliard), 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

Gene Kelly

1996-02-02 Gene Kelly, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

  • 1996-02-05 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1996-04-04 Joy Newton, British ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996-04-04 Larry Laprise, American songwriter (The Hokey-Pokey Dance [disputed]), dies at 83
  • 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, English-South African stage and screen actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies of pancreatic cancer. at 59
  • 1996-09-20 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996-09-22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-Canadian ballet dancer, choeographer, and troupe director, 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 Elroy Josephs, British 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 [Marie Van Schaack], American dancer and strip tease performer, dies at 80
  • 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, dies of heart failure at 82
  • 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 and 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 {William Leake], American dancer and choreographer (Paris Is Burning), dies of AIDS-related heart failure at 45
  • 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)