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Top 10 Dancers and Choreographers in the World

Dancer Roberto Bolle fronts our May cover, so we decided to take a gambol ourselves and compile a list of 10 dancers and choreographers from around the globe that we think you should know more about.

These stars of stage and studio also have huge followers on social media – so here they are, by the numbers:

 

  1. Maddie Ziegler

Instagram: @maddieziegler | 11.4M followers

Twitter: @maddieziegler | 1.36M followers

 

Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential teenagers of 2015, 2016, and 2017, Ziegler skyrocketed to fame when she appeared on the US reality TV show Dance Moms at the age of eight. Since then, Ziegler has starred as pop-singer Sia’s alter ego in multiple music videos (you’ve probably seen Chandelier at some point, it has 1.8 billion views). The young dancer has accompanied the singer on tour, released her own clothing line, and became the youngest-ever judge on the American TV show So You Think You Can Dance while still a teen.

 

  1. Matt Steffanina

YouTube: /mattsdance | 7.7M subscribers

Instagram: @mattsteffanina | 2.3M followers

Tutorial YouTube: /DanceTutorialsLIVE | 2.2 million subscribers

 

Growing up as a competitive snowboarder, it wasn’t until Steffanina was 18 that he started b-boying and discovered his passion for hip hop. Having won The Amazing Race in 2016, he has since worked with top-of-the-line artists such as Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. Steffanina not only teaches at the Millennium Dance Complex and IDA Hollywood in LA, but can also be spotted at dance conventions and masterclasses around the world. He has a YouTube tutorial channel where he breaks down works of choreography step by step, and is also a co-founder of JusMove, an app for dancers to “record, collaborate, compete”.

 

 

  1. Dytto

Instagram: @iam_dytto | 3.8M followers

YouTube: /Dytto | 2.1M subscribers

 

Displaying unique styles of popping, animation, and tutting, 20-year-old Miami-born Dytto gained a lot of attention after her dance performance video to a remix of the “Barbie Girl” song went viral, garnering her a huge following on social media. With credits including brands such as H&M, Puma, Android Wear and Nickelodeon, the dancer, model and host has also made a guest appearances on The Ellen Show.

 

  1. Kyle Hanagami

YouTube: /Kyle Hanagami | 2.9M followers

Instagram: @kylehanagami | 561K followers

 

Having worked for TV (in shows such as The X-Factor and Sing Your Face Off), commercials (for companies such as Fanta), music videos (including Korean pop groups Girls Generation, Red Velvet, and Nu’est), and dancing for artists such as Justin Bieber and Black Eyed Peas, the young LA-based choreographer was named by Dance Spirit Magazine as “Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming choreographer”. One of the most rapidly growing names in Los Angeles’ dance industry, Hanagami has received the Industry Dance Award for the best class at LA’s three top dance studios.

 

  1. Misty Copeland

Instagram: @mistypointe | 1.5M followers

Facebook: /mistycopeland | 560K likes

 

The first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 79-year history, Copeland began dancing at the age of 13. Author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Life in Motion, Copeland has a catalogue of major accomplishments that includes winning first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards and National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in 2013. With endorsements that include American Express, Coach and Diet Dr Pepper, Copeland is an empowering figure and role model for many in the industry.

 

  1. Tricia Miranda

YouTube: /Tricia Miranda | 1.4M subscribers

Instagram: @1triciamiranda | 317K followers

 

Arizona-born Tricia Miranda is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, and does it all: from choreographing part of Missy Elliott’s 2015 Super Bowl half-time show, to making appearances at dance conventions such as The Pulse On Tour, to hosting her own masterclasses at the Millennium Dance Complex in LA. One of America’s top female dancers, Miranda has choreographed for many big-name artists, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Usher, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, and Jay-Z, and is currently one of the most sought-after choreographers in the US, labelled by The New York Times one of the top movers and shakers of the industry.

 

  1. Lia Kim

Instagram: @liakimhappy | 663K followers

YouTube: /funkyliakim | 855K subscribers

Studio Instagram: @1milliondance | 821K followers

Studio YouTube: /1MILLION Dance Studio | 9M subscribers

 

Co-founder and chief choreographer at 1Million Dance Studio in Gangnam, Seoul, the dancer and choreographer is credited with  many of Korean pop’s most iconic dances, working with the country’s top entertainment acts, such as SM, YG, and JYP. Kim has been a judge on the 2016 World of Dance in South Korea, and a main instructor for the Urban Dance Camp and Fair Play Dance Camp of 2016. Although best known for her isolation techniques and intricate tutting, Kim doesn’t stick to popping and hip hop. She holds her own classes at 1Million when not travelling the world to host masterclasses and workshops.

 

  1. Ian Eastwood

Instagram: ian_eastwood | 730K followers

YouTube: /Ian Eastwood | 770K subscribers

 

The Chicago dancer has been pursuing his career in the industry since he was 10, and started travelling the world to teach dance at only age 16. A dancer, choreographer and director, Eastwood has appeared in TV shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew and Dancing with the Stars, danced for artists such as Justin Bieber and The NBHD, and choreographed for names such as Childish Gambino, Shinee and Kris Wu. Besides working on personal projects such as Adultlessons: The World’s First Dance Mixtape, Eastwood has won dance choreography awards, and has worked alongside some of the world’s greatest urban dancers and studios, such as the Millennium Dance Center, Coastal Dance Rage, and Movement Lifestyle.

 

  1. Kasper

Instagram: @kasper0524 | 1M followers

Studio YouTube: /1M Dance Studio | 9M subscribers

 

Kim Tae Woo, also known as Kasper, is the choreographer for titles such as “Call Me Baby” and “Ko Ko Bop” for the quadruple-million-seller South Korean pop group EXO. A dance instructor for major names in the Korean pop industry, Kasper is also part of the Gangnam based 1Million Dance Studio, and holds his own workshops when not on tour as a dancer with the South Korean entertainment company SM.

 

  1. Natalia Osipova

Instagram: @nataliaosipova86 | 104.6K followers

 

The multi-award winning Russian ballerina has at the American Ballet Theatre, and currently performs as a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. Since she began dancing at the age of five, Osipova has trained with the Mikhail Lavrovsky ballet school, and has danced with the Bolshoi Ballet. Known for her high flying leaps, Osipova’s repertoire includes the lead roles in Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Swan Lake and Giselle, having won multiple awards including Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards – three times – and Benois de la Danse for Best Female Dancer.