Prominent LGBTQ Dance Choreographers

Robert Joffrey teaching class. Image: JBS

The contribution by prominent LGBTQ people covers a wide spectrum of dance styles and mediums, including ballet, sports presentations, contemporary, film, television, theatre, performance art, and more.

The LGBTQ community has been so prominent in the dance profession that it is now considered a stereotype that all male dancers are gay. Of course, this is not true, but it does reflect the important role the community has played in the history of dance. Included among this contribution is dance choreographers.

Many LGBTQ choreographers are founders of prominent dance companies. These include Americans Robert Joffrey of Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey of Alvin Ailey Dance Studio, New Zealander Alexander Grant of Sadler Wells Ballet, and Great Britain’s Matthew Bourne among others. Many have received recognition for their contribution to the profession through the receipt of honours and awards such as Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and national honours.

Did you know:

  • the creator of vogueing was gay American Willi Ninja;
  • Canada’s Maud Allan scandalized the world of dance through her risque production of ‘Salome’ in the 1920s;
  • Michael Bennett‘s production of ‘A Chorus Line’ is the longest running Broadway musical in history;
  • Chinese transgender choreographer Jin Xing is her country’s first officially recognized transgender individual?

A prominent outlet for LGBTQ choreographers today is with the production of reality television dance shows ‘You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Dancing With the Stars’, ‘La Meilleure Danse’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Despite this presence, there remains a lack of same-sex competitors in these shows which has stirred up considerable and controversial opinions.

Queerbio have found prominent LGBTQ biographers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and the United States.

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