As per the britishcouncil.org: Archeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from circa 3300 BC and the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka paintings in India. One of the earliest structured uses of dance may have been in the performance and telling of myths. Before the introduction of written languages, dance was one of the methods of passing these stories down from generation to generation. Another early use of dance may have been as a precursor to ecstatic trance states in healing rituals.
Now, Dance is major television and movie attraction that make millions of money. Below are the people who not just made a career out of dancing but made a life out of it.
10. Darrin Dewitt Henson
Darrin Dewitt Henson is best known for his instructional dance video Darrin’s Dance Grooves but that is not all he is about. He is an American choreographer, dancer, and actor, director and producer. He has choreographed music videos and concerts for popular music artists such as New Kids on the Block, Jordan Knight, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and *NSYNC.
He also has a notable performance in the TV series Soul Food as the ex-convict Lem Van Adams on the Showtime TV series Soul Food.
9. Laurieann Gibson
Laurieann Gibson is a choreographer and creative director to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Dirty Money, Cassie, Danity Kane, JoJo, Corbin Bleu, Brandy, Day26, Jordin Sparks, and Keri Hilson, to name a few. Whew! She did the videos and choreography for the videos “Poker Face”, “LoveGame”, “Paparazzi”, “Telephone,” “Alejandro” and “Bad Romance” for which she won a 2010 Best Choreography VMA from MTV.
She will star on the new E! networks reality show being produced by Ryan Seacrest and is scheduled to begin airing in January 2011.
The film Honey, was based on her life and rise to fame. She was the choreographer on the film and taught Jessica Alba to dance for the title role.
8. JaQuel Knight
Get this, he choreographed Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) with Frank Gaston.
However, he is humble and honest enough to say that the concept was inspired by gay men and black college female dance teams on the ballroom floors of New York City.
7. Bruno Tonioli
The flamboyant, outrageous and absolutely Italian judge on the television dance competition Strictly Come Dancing for BBC TV in the UK, and its American adaptation Dancing with the Stars on ABC.
But before his glamourous TV and movie career, he picked up his own weight. He was a member of the Paris-based company La Grande Eugène and later joined the Lindsay Kemp Company. He worked extensively as a freelance dancer and danced/choreographed for Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”, Tina Turner, Sting, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Sinitta, Boy George, Duran Duran and Bananarama.
He also choreographed for movies Ella Enchanted, The Gathering Storm, Little Voice, Dancin’ thru the Dark, Enigma, The Parole Officer, and What a Girl Wants.
6. Wade Robson
He was still in his teens when he started choreographing for N’ Sync and Britney Spears. He later transitioned to directing Britney Spears’ tour. He also as the host and executive producer, for the eponymous, The Wade Robson Project which aired on MTV in 2003. In 2007, he joined the hit FOX television dance series, So You Think You Can Dance as both a judge and choreographer.
He has choreographed so many artists, so many shows, concerts and won several awards too. However, he is one of those hip hop choreographer who successfully expanded their genre and managed to be recognized for it.
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