Female dancers have been pushing boundaries and tackling taboos for decades. These ladies have proved themselves capable of it all, from the provocative to the comical, from the sexy to the zany. Some are well versed in their particular style, while others have picked up dance as a way to add variety to their resume. This post will provide you with a list of 40 of the top female dancers in the world, as well as a complete written description, professional resume, and background information on each one.
Table of Contents
- 1. Shakira
- 2. Beyonce
- 3. Jennifer Lopez
- 4. Britney Spears
- 5. Sridevi Kapoor
- 6. Janet Jackson
- 7. Ciara
- 8. Madonna
- 9. Zendaya
- 10. Madhuri Dixit
- 11. Hema Malini
- 12. Aaliyah
- 13. Katrina Kaif
- 14. Shriya Saran
- 15. Lalisa Manobal
- 16. Kim Hyoyeon
- 17. Paula Abdul
- 18. Jenna Dewan
- 19. Maddie Ziegler
- 20. Natalia Oreiro
- 21. Minzy (2NE1)
- 22. Sofia Boutella
- 23. Nicole Scherzinger
- 24. Rihanna
- 25. Varda
- 26. Didem Kinali
- 27. Oksana Sidorenko
- 28. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- 29. Chelsie Hightower
- 30. Oksana Rasulova
- 31. Lindsay Arnold
- 32. Amanda Schull
- 33. Anna Trebunskaya
- 34. Anna Demidova
- 35. Lacey Schwimmer
- 36. Allison Holker
- 37. Kym Johnson
- 38. Karina Smirnoff
- 39. Edyta Śliwińska
- 40. Cheryl Burke
Shakira was born in Colombia in 1977 and raised in Pachuca, Mexico is a world-renowned singer and songwriter. Shakira has been recording music since the age of 10 when she first started singing at church. Eventually, she was signed by Sony Music Entertainment Japan at 15 years old. She is featured on America’s Got Talent. Her height is 5 feet 5 inches, and she weighs around 119 pounds.
Born in 1981 in Houston, Texas, Beyonce is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has been married to Jay-Z. She has three kids named Blue Ivy, Sasha, and Jr. Beyonce is the winner of the CFDA Fashion Icon Award and the VH1 Fashion Awards. In addition, she was ranked No.1 on Forbes Celebrity 100 list for 2012. Beyonce has been in the music industry since childhood when she first started singing at church bells with her family at age five years old. Her height and weight are 5 feet 4 inches and 112 pounds.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in 1969 in Bronx, New York is an American singer-songwriter actress and model. She has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, earned a total of two Grammy Awards, and was ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the third highest-certified Latin artist in the United States behind Ricky Martin and Marc Antony. Her T.V. show “Shades of Blue” premiered on January 7, 2016.
4. Britney Spears
Britney Spears was born in 1981 in McComb, Mississippi. She is an American recording artist and entertainer. She has been featured in many films and T.V. shows. Spears’s career launched her into international superstardom a short time after she first appeared on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine at the age of 16 and was credited for spearheading the rise of teen pop in the late 1990s.
5. Sridevi Kapoor
Sridevi Kapoor, born in 1963 in Bollywood, India, is an actress and producer. Kapoor is considered the first female superstar of Bollywood and was one of the highest-paid actresses of her time. She has been featured in more than 150 films. She began her acting career when she was four years old as a child actress in Mulkraj/Neecha Nagar and numerous other films. Her height is 5 feet 4 inches. Her weight is around 117 pounds.
6. Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson was born in Indiana in 1966. She is an American singer, songwriter, and model. She was one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 80 million records worldwide. Jackson has received many accolades for her career, including 18 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and 9 World Music Awards. Her vocals and dance technique have earned her titles such as “Queen of Pop” and “Elite.”
Ciara was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. She is an American R&B recording artist and actress who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Although Ciara’s first public performance came in 1996 at the age of 16, she did not make her breakthrough four years later with her debut album “Goodies.”
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1958. She is an American songwriter, singer, and actress known for being one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She is recognized as one of history’s most important artists. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, born in 1996 in Oakland, California, is an American actress and singer. Zendaya began acting and singing when she was a young age, doing community theater plays and playing lead roles in her school musicals. She later went on to do professional theater productions such as “The Lion King,” “Seussical,” and “High School Musical.”
10. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit was born in 1967 in India. She is an Indian actress and playback singer. She has done more than 600 films, and her songs have been featured in various Bollywood films. She made her acting debut in the film “Sholay.”
11. Hema Malini
Hema Malini was born in Hyderabad, India, in 1948. She was the first Indian actress to get a Filmfare Award when she gained popularity for her Dancing in the film “Aakhri Khat.” She is considered a classical actor and contemporary dancer. Hema Malini is best known for her appearance in the third season of “Bigg Boss.”
Aaliyah was born in New York in 1979. She was raised in Detroit, Michigan and at the age of 10, appeared on the television show Star Search. She was signed to Blackground Records and became the princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah tragically died in a plane crash at only 22 years old.
13. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif was born Katrina Turquotte in Hong Kong in 1984. She is a Bollywood actress, a model, and an occasional film producer. She is known for her role as Datto in the movie “Ajab Gazabb Love” and her lead role in the movie “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.” Kaif’s height is 5′ 5,” weighing around 115 pounds.
14. Shriya Saran
Shriya Saran was born in Pondicherry, India, in 1982. She is an Indian actress and a classical dancer. Shriya is known for her role as Rathna Prasad in the movie “Karthik Calling Karthik.” She has played several popular roles and was featured on the hit series “Bigg Boss.” Her height is 5 feet 6 inches, and she weighs around 115 pounds.
15. Lalisa Manobal
Lalisa Manobal was born in 1997 in Pranpriya Manobal. Lisa is her first and only name. She is a South Korean-based Thai rapper, singer, and dancer. She is a member of Y.G. Entertainment’s South Korean girl group Blackpink. Lisa made her solo debut in September 2021 with her single album Lalisa.
16. Kim Hyoyeon
Kim Hyoyeon was born in 1989. She is a Korean singer and dancer who was a member of the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls. Kim has been in the industry since 2005 and has released two solo albums and one E.P. with her group. However, she officially retired from Wonder Girls in 2018, making her the first group member. She currently lives in Incheon with her family.
17. Paula Abdul
Paula Marie Abdul was born in California in 1962. She is a singer and songwriter. She is best known for being the first winner of a reality T.V. singing competition, “American Idol.” She has also been featured on several television shows such as “Fear Factor,” “The Surreal Life,” and “The Singing Bee.” Paula will be turning 60 years old in 2024, making her the oldest contestant on season 11 of American Idol.
18. Jenna Dewan
Jenna Lee Dewan is an American actress and dancer born in the United States. She began as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and went on to work with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Missy Elliott, among others. She is best recognized in the 2006 picture Step Up as Nora Clark.
19. Maddie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler was born in 2002 in Pennsylvania, U.S. She is an American dancer who has starred in several television commercials and pops music videos. She is best known for her appearances on Dancing With the Stars, Disney Channel, and Lifetime. Ziegler was a judge on So You Think You Can Dancing: The Next Generation in 2016, toured with Sia in North America and Australia in 2016, and has given dance tours with her sister, Mackenzie, in 2017. The Maddie Diaries, her memoir, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2017.
20. Natalia Oreiro
Natalia Marisa Oreiro Iglesias was born in 1977. She is a singer, actress, and fashion designer from Uruguay. Oreiro started out in telenovelas. Since 2008, she has largely worked in the film industry. In addition, Oreiro has worked on social awareness performances and events for organizations such as Greenpeace and UNICEF, the latter of which named her Argentina and Uruguay’s ambassador in September 2011.
21. Minzy (2NE1)
Minzy was born in 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Korean pop singer and rapper-singer, songwriter, and dancer. She was the main rapper and the main dancer for Korean girl group 2NE1. She left the group on April 5, 2014. Her height is around 5 feet 1 inch, and her weight is unknown.
22. Sofia Boutella
Sofia Boutella was born in 1992 in Marseille, France is an actress, singer, and musician. Sofia most notably appeared as the character “Star Wars: Episode IX,” who was the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo. Her height is 5 feet 6 inches, and her weight is around 130 pounds
23. Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole was born in 1978 in the U.S. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Scherzinger dropped out of college to pursue a career in music, touring with the American rock band Days of the New before finding small success with Eden’s Crush, a girl group formed through The W.B.’s Popstars.
Rihanna was born in St. Michael, Barbados, in 1988. She is a singer and songwriter. She is known for her work in R&B and pop music and serving as the lead vocalist for the rock band Good Girl Gone Bad. She has released eight studio albums, two compilation albums, two remix albums, and two video albums.
Varda (Vardanush Martirosyan) is a Ukrainian pop singer and dancer. Varda was born in 1988 in Ukraine. She is tall, 5 feet 11 inches, and her weight is around 115 pounds. She has become one of the hottest female dancers in the world.
26. Didem Kinali
Didem Kinali was born in 1986 in Turkey is a singer, dancer, and songwriter, who became popular throughout the Middle East when her song “Gululem Cekicin” was played on the Turkish radio station “Ace FM” at the age of just nine years old. She tall is 5 feet 8 inches, and her weight is around 115 pounds.
27. Oksana Sidorenko
Oksana is known professionally. She was born in 1987 in Russia to Ukrainian parents. She started dancing at the age of three, and at four, she began taking classes in jazz and ballet. She’s been performing for almost ten years and has performed all around the world. She is now based in Los Angeles and continues to dance, but also works on other projects such as acting.
28. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was born in North Carolina in 1984. She is an American actress. She began playing the role of Jessica Bennett on the NBC soap opera “Passions,” after which she appeared in several television shows, including a recurring role on the CBS sitcom “Gary Unmarried.” She tall is 5 feet 7 inches, and her weight is around 130 pounds.
29. Chelsie Hightower
Chelsie Kay Hightower was born in 1989. She is a ballroom dancer. She is a professional dance partner, trainer, and choreographer on the ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars from Seasons 8 to 15, excluding Season 13.
30. Oksana Rasulova
Oksana Rasulova is a Russian actress who was born in 1982. She is an actor, choreographer, and dancer from Azerbaijan. She is a Bharatanatyam and other Indian classical dancers. In 2001, she founded the “Chandra Muthi” dance company and began working as a choreographer. She appeared on Zee TV’s India’s Best Cinestar Ki Khoj, a talent show for aspiring actors, in 2014 and won. The Indian Embassy in Azerbaijan honored her with the “Goddess of Dance” statuette prize.
31. Lindsay Arnold
Lindsay Arnold Cusick was born in 1994. She is a Latin and ballroom dancer in the United States. She appeared on the show So You Think You Can Dance. On Dancing with the Stars, she is a professional dancer and choreographer. Arnold debuted as a professional dancer on season 16 of the reality television show Dancing with the Stars.
32. Amanda Schull
Amanda Schull was born in 1978 in Hawaii, U.S. She is a professional ballet dancer. Schull is the youngest of three children born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Susan Schull, the current president of Ballet Hawaii. She went to Punahou School and Hawaii State Ballet, where she studied under John Landovsky.
33. Anna Trebunskaya
Anna Trebunskaya is a Russian actress who was born in 1980. She is a ballroom and Latin dancer from the United States who is best known for her Dancing with the Stars appearances. She presently resides in Los Angeles and performs Latin dance in the International style. Her height is 5 feet 5 inches, and she weighs around 123 pounds.
34. Anna Demidova
Anna Demidova was born in 1988 in Moscow, Russia. She is a professional and former international Latin dancer. She is the Season 8 winner of Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancer competition, which earned her a seat as a professional dancer in Season 9. She has been published in numerous major magazines around the world. Katusha Demidova, the World Ballroom Dance Champion, is Anna’s sister.
35. Lacey Schwimmer
Lacey Schwimmer was born in 1988 in California, U.S. She is a ballroom dancer and singer from the United States. She is most known for finishing fourth in the third season of So You Think You Can Dance as a finalist. She is the daughter of renowned dancer Buddy Schwimmer and the cousin of Heidi Groskreutz, who came in fourth place on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the younger sister of Benji Schwimmer, the show’s second-season winner.
36. Allison Holker
Allison Renae Holker Boss is an American dancer who was born in 1988. Holker’s experience includes film, television, and concert tours. She rose to prominence as a contestant in season 2 of the television dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance and as an all-star in seasons 7–11 and 14.
37. Kym Johnson
Kym Herjavec (née Johnson) was born in 1976. She is an Australian professional ballroom dancer and television performer who competed in the first three seasons of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars before switching to the American version of the franchise from 2006 to 2015. In 2017, Johnson returned to the U.S. series for the 24th season as a professional. From 2013 until 2015, she was a judge on the Australian edition of the show.
38. Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff was born in 1978. She is a prominent ballroom dancer of Ukrainian descent born in the Soviet Union. She is most known for winning the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez. She’s also won two second-place finishes, a semifinal and multiple quarterfinals.
39. Edyta Śliwińska
Edyta Liwiska born in 1981. She is a professional ballroom dancer from Poland who now performs in Dance Temptation. She is best known for her appearances on the American version of the reality television show Dancing with the Stars, on which she appeared for all ten seasons.
40. Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke is an American dancer, model. She was born in 1984. She is most known as a dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, where she was the first female professional to win the competition and the first professional to win the show twice in a row. She’s been a member of 23 seasons. She came in second place on the NBC show I Can Do That.