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With 116 biographies, Dancers are the 68th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Conductors, Artists, and Badminton Players.


Pantheon has 116 people classified as dancers born between 1572 and 1989. Of these 116, 31 (26.72%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living dancers include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jiří Kylián, and William Forsythe. The most famous deceased dancers include Mata Hari, Isadora Duncan, and Rudolf Nureyev. As of April 2024, 20 new dancers have been added to Pantheon including John Cranko, John Neumeier, and Tamara Khanum.

Living Dancers

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Deceased Dancers

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Newly Added Dancers (2024)

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Most dancers were born in Russia (20), United States (18), and France (14). By city, the most common birth places were Saint Petersburg (11), Moscow (6), and Paris (5).The most common death places of dancers were France (16), United States (14), and United Kingdom (9). By city, these were New York City (7), Paris (5), and Saint Petersburg (5).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as dancers in Pantheon are Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, Pierre Beauchamp, and Izumo no Okuni.  The concentration of dancers was largest during the Radio & Film Era, which lasted from 1900 to 1949. Some birth or death locations for earlier dancers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Dancers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Dancers since 1700.