It is essential to help educate yourself and your dancer about the legends and pioneers of the dance world. They have paved the way and opened the doors for dance to flourish into what it is today! This is a fun project to complete with your dancer. Sit down with your dancer and google some of these names. Maybe they can share what they learned with your family at dinner or use one of these people for a school project.
It’s important for training dancers to have a hero. It will help your dancer be inspired and encouraged, as many overcame great obstacles to follow their dreams. This knowledge can also give them a much needed advantage in the dance world. It is important be familiar with and truly respect these amazing individuals. You never know. Your next audition might require you to improve in the Fosse style of Jazz Dance. Knowing more about Bob Fosse, his physical limitations and therefore his very unique style of dancing is essential …and gives you or your dancer the edge!
This is not a comprehensive list of dance legends and/or heroes by any means…
But if one were to ask me to list my favorite Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop dance heroes, in no particular order and off the top of my head… these are the names that I would quickly start to list.
They have all inspired me greatly in some way. Hopefully they can help you too!
Sammy Davis Jr.
Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane
Jason Samuels Smith
Sam Solomon and the Electric Boogaloos
Ruth St. Denis