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My Top 10 Dancers

Updated on March 14, 2011

I love music and enjoy watching music videos. Years ago, I used to record my favourite ones when they were aired on MTV on video. For me a good dancer is: Someone you watch and you just can’t take your eyes off them. People who move in a magical way to the rhythm of the beat. The artists/dancers below are just my compilation and in no particular order.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez


Also, I would like to give credit to the people who choreograph dances for these artists. Michael Jackson’sThirller was actually choreographed by Michael Peters. Michael Jackson had to learn the dance moves, but thousands don’t remember that. (but of course MJ is a naturally gifted dancer)

So without much further ado - Ladies First.


1) Shakira

Well, Shakira’s hips don’t lie. Sometimes I wonder if her bones are made of plastic. She is so flexible and moves in a way that many ladies can’t. Well, I certainly can’t. She is a captivating Dancer.

My favourite Dance Video: Hips don’t lie


2) Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block. We haven’t seen her a lot in action since she had the twins but she can sure dance.

Jennifer Lopez actually used to be a back dancer for Janet Jackson. You will notice her in the Janet Jacksons musical video 'That's the Way Love Goes'.

My Favourite Dance video: Love don’t cost a thing.


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3) Usher

OMG - What a guy... There are a lot of African American boys who started in Music and didn’t make it past 5 years but I admire Usher for the fact that he is still doing well in the music industry and he is coming up with better songs all the time. I notice a lot of Michael Jackson dance moves in his moves and he is very entertaining to watch.

My favourite Dance Video: Caught Up


4) Beyonce

Bootlylicious Beyonce – is another very gifted entertaining artist. She has got to the point where every one now copies her dance moves – as young as the age of eight. "Sasha" is Beyonce's alter ego. She said when she starts performing, Sasha completely takes over.

Favourite Dance Video – Naughty Girl (featuring Usher)


5) Tina Turner

Simply the best. I could tell you I’m very tired but if her song came on the tiredness would miraculously disappear and I'd be up dancing. She sings and it’s hard to take your eyes off her while she’s on stage and those long legs - Mama Mia!! Tina is 68 in the photo below - still rocking.

Favourite Dance Video: – Simply the Best

Beyonce and Tina Turner
Beyonce and Tina Turner

6) John Travolta

You can tell just by the way he walks that he is a dancer. Also, watch him in the film Grease. A smooth mover. Lucky guy - In 1985, he danced with Princess Diana at a White House dinner.

Favourite Dance Video: - Twist dance contest in Pulp Fiction, with urma Thurman.

John Travolta and Urma Thurman
John Travolta and Urma Thurman
Michael Jackson in the video -Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson in the video -Smooth Criminal


7) Ciara

Ciara is in a league of her own. She dances even better than Beyonce but she’s tall which probably helps too. Ciara is one of the naughtiest dancers I have seen. Sometimes, my jaw drops when I see her musical videos.

Favourite Dance Video: – Work - Feat. Missy Elliot (not for young kids)


8) Michael Jackson

The smooth moonwalker – God spent more time on his feet/legs the day he was created. His dance moves are mesmerising, no wonder all the ladies scream. His sister Janet Jackson is a good dancer too.

For those who've always wondered how it was done in the Smooth Criminal video on the right - the leaning shoes with Patent number 5255452 were filed in 1992 and allowed Michael Jackson and his dancers to lean at 45-degree angles during live performances of the song. Not to be tried at home.

My favourite Dance Video: Do you remember the time? Featuring Iman and Eddie Murphy.


9) Justin Timberlake

He’s got dance moves that make some girls want to cry him a river. I’m glad he left N Sync (boy band). It gave him a good opportunity to showcase his talent as a brilliant dancer and entertainer.

Favourite Dance Video: – 4 minutes, featuring Madonna.


10) Madonna

The material Lady can still strike the pose. She is a very good dancer and even the younger generation find her cool. (p/s don’t feel old Madonna). I read in the people magazine that Madonna was once addicted to yoga and practiced seven days a week. No wonder she is so flexible. Its also kept her body nicely toned.

My favourite Dance Video: Vogue.


Madonna and Justin Timberlake
Madonna and Justin Timberlake

So, if you want to get me on the dance floor, all you need to do is play a tune for any of the above artists and I'll show you I've got Twinkle Toes. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶



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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @TR 3 Especially Usher and Neyo...

      Thanks for stopping. :-)

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      Tr 5 years ago

      1-4 all stole a page from MJ. He is the godfather of dance videos

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Lol @Madurai

      Yes it probably is. I've never seen someone move hips like that. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Madurai 5 years ago from Online

      Shakira hip not made of plastic it is made of flexible..

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Mohit, Prabudeva will be no. 11. :)

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      mohit 6 years ago

      where is prabudeva

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      OK Samir - No probs. :)

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      Samir 6 years ago

      First thing is Michael Jackson should be at no 1 .Another thing is Prabhu Deva should be in this list.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals

      I like that phrase: "Poetry in Motion".

      Glad you stopped by. :)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Lady_E, unbelievable list of dancers. There's not a one I would leave off. They are all poetry in motion.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Winepress

      She is very talented. Glad you stopped by.

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      winepress 6 years ago

      Ciara is my girl. I love her so so much.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Shari - nice to see you. Glad you like my top 10. Shakira is great. Her hips certainly don't lie. Best Wishes. :)

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Perfect list of the top dancers! There is not one on this list that I could disagree with. Love love Shakira. she is my favorite!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Jim

      Thanks so much for stopping and for your kind comments. You're a ray of sunshine. :)

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      matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      hello young lady,

      stopped by, was kinda curious of your choices, for i too, love dancers... i recall sammy davis jr. back in the 50's and 60's, for he inspired many, to include M.J. and was inspirational to oh so many young up-coming black artist that we enjoyed years later. Ole Tina Turner "Simply the Best" hmmm, u r good! one of my favorites.

      Keep Writing Missy.

      "For The Record" I Think Your a "Class Act"!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Deborrah - Indeed Tina Turner is an Inspiration. I would love to see you dancing. lol.

      Thanks so much for commenting. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Lady E, Nice hub! I am inspired by Tina Turner... I think she displays it is good to be the "best you!" at whatever age you are... No doubt dancing keeps you physically fit... As you say "Mama Mia" I think I will start dancing privately of course lol! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Stars439, glad you enjoyed it. Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Mike, lol. Nice of you to stop by again. Regards.

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Hi, Elena. I enjoyed your comment about my "dance moves." If enthusiasm counts for anything, then I'm in the game. If it is about skill or grace, then.......... oh, well....

      I enjoyed your comment. Thanks.


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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great hub and great dancers and entertainers. Very nice pictures of the stars. God Bless You.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Juiwei. :)

      ** Cheers Net2010. :)

      ** Thanks HP Roy, when will you show me some Bollywood dance moves? :)

      ** Thanks Equealla - I'd love to do an African one sometime. African's have a certain way of dancing too that is mesmerising. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      If I must be the weakest link in the chain of dancers, the chain will be permanently broken! lol

      Watching this people dance, makes my jaws drop open in amazement. I would not attempt to do that moves. I do not have a medical aid!

      Great hub Elena, I loved your choices.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Dancing is a great quality of a person. This entire dancer deserves high degree of appreciation.

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      net2010 6 years ago

      enjoyed visiting your site - great work - awesome

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      juiwei2000 6 years ago

      Michael Jackson is so cool!!!


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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi, Hello Hello - I agree, they are all great dancers. Glad you visited. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      They are all such great and professional dancers which makes impossible for me to put a rating .

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Tony, Jitterbug? I'd like to see you in action. Nice to see you again. :)

      ** Cheers Drcris - Thanks for stopping. Regards.

      ** Thank Mentalist Acer. I'm glad you mentioned Paula - she must have choreographed for many artists and I liked her video of "opposites attract". Glad you shared that.

      ** Oh Happyher, you are a retired Pro? You must have really enjoyed it. Mingling with all those stars. lol. I'm hoping one day you'll write about it. That's pretty cool. You are number 11 on my list. :)

      ** Hi Nikitha - Thanks. Glad you liked the Hub.

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      nikitha p 6 years ago from India

      Great hub I like it. my favorite is Shakira.

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      HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I agree with your top ten! As a retired pro dancer I love watching great dancers, it really brings me back.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I admired John Travolta in"Pulp Fiction"very memorable...Paula Abdul has a pretty high profile as a dancer and choreographer that I've admired also;)

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      drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      Shakira is unvelieveable, not sure J-lo should be two though!

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      I can jitterbug pretty good ! :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Support Med - Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly are great dancers. I'm sure Madonna mentioned their names in "vogue". Thanks. Hope your week is going well. :)

      ** Hi Cari Jean - I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. Thanks for visiting. Best Wishes.:)

      ** Thanks K9 Keystrokes - Lovely to read from you. :)

      ** Hello Nancy - Yes. John Travolta is lovely. I would have loved to get you his Autograph but you stand more of a chance as he is on your side of the planet. lol. Nice to see you again. :)

      ** Thanks Philipo - Michael Jackson is Amazing. You know, I wanted to include King Sunny Ade, but a lot of people wouldn't know him. I'm sure you do. Best Wishes.

      ** Cheers Dreamreachout - It goes up and down. 100 today, 95 tomorrow. lol. Hope you are fine. Thanks for coming back and for the response on your Hub that I visited recently. :)


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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Congratulations on touching 100 once again today!! All the best!! Cheers!! :)

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Lady_E - This is a great hub. Michael Jackson has always been my man any time any day. Sometimes, i wonder if it is just talent or he is not human. So much talents.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Saddlerider - I not only like your choice for the 19th Century but a lot of people have also given me the same names and even on Twitter when I twittered it. Cheers. :)

      ** Hi always exploring. Lol. I'm sure there's a certain food you can eat that will make your legs grow longer. I will find out for you. :)

      ** Hello Dave (Amorea) - Interesting comments. Shakira actually Hypnotises the viewers on TV which is why you prefer to watch her to Usher. lol. Best Wishes. :

      ** Thanks suziecat - I'm glad you like the choices. Regards. :)

      ** Lol. The Clean life - I see you are spoilt for choice with them. Thanks so much for stopping. :)

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Ohhhhhh John Travolta isn't he just the most beautiful soul. Michael Jackson is one of the best entertainment icons of our century and I have always enjoyed his music. Great hub and choices!!! :-0

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      There is just no beating Tina Turner in my book! Magical moves and spirit, so resiliant, you know? I enjoyed this hub very much. Thank you for taking on the task. Always a great read with your hubs!


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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Interesting - I just saw the winner of "So You Think You can Dance" on Regis and Kelly yesterday. My favorites are Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. Thanks for this fun hub!

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      This is a fun hub!! Love to watch the great dancers and you have chosen the best. Of course, MJ will always be my fav!! And Usher admired MJ, so no wonder a lot of his moves remind us of MJ. I must admit like saddlerider1, I still love watching Fred Astaire(of whom MJ admired and emulated), Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly and will watch a Fred Astaire movie in a hearbeat to see him dance(smooth)!! Voted/rated!!

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Hi Lady E, One more teriffic Hub. All of those dancer are awesome. I can't just choose one because I like them all. Great work as usual and thanks for sharing with us.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great choices. Jennifer Lopez is a wonderful dancer and choreographer. All these artists are terrific. Thanks for this enjoyable Hub.

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      amorea13 7 years ago

      Ok I have only watched Michael Jackson, Usher and Shakira though I do love dancing Lady E - the freedom of movement, the rhythm, the timings, it's all rivetting to watch done by the 'greats' - I think MJ is astonishing (esp when I first saw his 'Moonwalk' back in the day - I was literally 'jaw-dropped', thinking he was from another planet- so your point about who taught him is very well made) - I will watch the others especially Ciara!! but I think Usher is ultra 'cool' even though I prefer watching Shakira - no idea why!!!

      Thanks again Lady E - another absorbing and very different hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love all of them, but esp. Tina and Michael. I want Tina,s legs,lol

      A great hub, Thank you


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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Lady E..I think you chose very well especially for the 20th and 21st century. I would have to say John Travolta and Michael Jackson were certainly the leaders of the male pack for what they contributed to dance form. Madonna and Jennifer Lopez started the HEAT craze for the ladies.

      Now going back to the 19th century I would give the Oscar to Fred Estaire and Ginger Rogers as team dancers and Gene Kelly for all that jazz, he was so smooth.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Anitha - Great minds, think alike. lol.

      ** Cheers Mahesh. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Thanks J Dove-Miller - your comments mean I have good taste. :)

      ** Cheers Dreamreachout - Thriller was a Craze indeed. I am so embarrassed to say that even sometime this month while I watched the video, I was doing the dance moves again, while watching. lol.... and Yes, Shakira should compete in the next Olympics for Gymnastics. Thanks. :)

      ** That's true Mike - John has contributed a lot to music. Somehow I get the feeling that you can do his dance moves too. lol. Thanks and Best Wishes.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      These folks are all awesome dancers, and I have to especially give credit to folks of my "generation" like Madonna, Michael Jackson and John Travolta. In fact, I want to give special notice to John Travolta. In the Unites States, Travolta started two separate dance crazes with the movies "Saturday Night Fever" and "Urban Cowboy." Disco became cool in large part because Travolta was cool, and his dancing in SNF was amazing. He revitalized night life in cowboy/country/western clubs and bars across the country with his graceful moves in Urban Cowboy. Not only was everyone line dancing, everyone wanted to ride the mechanical bull.

      Thanks for a great list, Elena!


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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Elena, MJ's thriller happened when we were teenagers and the craze was unbelievable!! I remember that one of my friend picked up the steps very well!! As for Shakira, she should compete in gymnastics as well!!

      Wonderful hub that soothed us up amidst the daily grind!!

      Cheers!! :)

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      JDove-Miller 7 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

      You picked some great ones!

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      Mahesh Kamal 7 years ago

      I rates ( By Order : 1 [ To ] 10 ) similar to you!

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      AnithaPriya 7 years ago

      This Rating is similar to mine!