History of dancing can be traced back to 8000 BCE and the world has seen many forms of dancing, from modern to contemporary. Dancing is an art that requires skill and hard work and with the right discipline, anyone can learn to dance. On the other hand, choreography is an art of creating movements, steps, and patterns of dancers and requires a lot more than practice and skill. A choreographer needs to be creative to produce ultimate form of dance and someone who is not afraid to innovate. Here are 10 best choreographers in the world 2023 who have changed the face of dancing taking it to new heights. Some of them choreograph for well-known singers and dancers while others have devoted their life to theater performance and dance teaching.
Top 10 Choreographers in the World 2023
The table provides the list of the top 10 choreographers in the world along with their nationality.
|Sean Bankhead||United States|
|Parris Goebel||New Zealand|
|Brian Puspos||United States, Philippines|
|JaQuel Knight||United States|
|Shane Sparks||United States|
|William Forsythe||United States, Germany|
|Christopher Scott||United States|
World’s 10 Best Choreographers 2023
Check out the list of top 10 choreographers in the world who are known for their unique and amazing choreography and are making the whole world dance with them.
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1. Sean Bankhead
Sean Bankhead is a dancer and choreographer well-known for his choreography in famous music videos like Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby”, Normani’s “Motivation” and “Wild Side, Sam Smith’s “I’m Ready” and “Dancing with a Stranger” and Cardi B’s “Up”. Sean has also choreographed many television shows like Lee Daniels drama series Empire, Fox TV musical drama Star and BET network comedy series Boomerang. Other than this, he has also choreographed concert tours for many celebrities and choreographed a dance routine for Will Ferrell in the movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Bankhead has been nominated for MTV Video Music Awards twice.
2. Parris Goebel
Parris Renee Goebel MNZM is a choreographer, dancer, singer, director and actress. She has worked alongside top artists including Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Normani, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith and others. Parris is known for the music videos Yummy (Justin Bieber), What Do You Mean? (Justin Bieber), Touch (Little Mix), Level Up (Ciara) and How Do You Sleep? (Sam Smith). Her dance school “The Palace Dance Studio” has produced some famous dance groups such as ReQuest, Sorority, Bubblegum and The Royal Family. Goebel has been nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year “Sorry” and for three Primetime Emmy Award for her work on Amazon specials Savage X Fenty Show, Savage X Fenty Show: Vol. 2, and Savage X Fenty: Vol. 3 by Rihanna.
3. Brian Puspos
Brian Puspos started his career as a choreographer after his group, SoReal Cru, was declared as runner up in Season 2 of the America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) championship in 2008. He is one of the best choreographers in the world who has received the Male Choreographer of the Year title by World of Dance twice. Brian has choreographed videos for artists such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, BTS, and Marques Houston. Currently, Puspos conducts workshops, teaches and performs in more than 40 countries across the world.
4. JaQuel Knight
JaQuel Knight is a choreographer and dancer who has worked with Beyoncé on notable dance performances in Single Ladies, Drunk in Love, Diva, Formation and her Coachella shows. Other than Beyoncé, Knight has also choreographed music videos of Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Scherzinger, Tinashe and Brandy. He has also choreographed dance performance for shows like The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America and Britain’s Got Talent. He owns a production company that manages a group of artists, songwriters and producers and producing short films.
5. Shane Sparks
Melvin Shane Sparks is a gifted dancer who started his career at a very young age. He began his career as a substitute teacher for a hip-hop class in the Millennium Dance Complex. Soon he became an assistant at the hip-hop class and began taking classes after the teacher left. Under his guidance, the class of three students soon turned into a class of 175 people, establishing him both as a successful teacher and choreographer. Shane is best known for his work as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance and judge on America’s Best Dance Crew.
6. William Forsythe
William Forsythe is a renowned dancer and choreographer, recognized for his work in combining ballet and visual arts that displays both abstraction and forceful theatricality. He sees choreography as an organizational practice and that inspires him to produce numerous installations, films, and web-based knowledge creation. Forsythe believes in bending and breaking the rules of classical ballet and his style is based on classical ballet, using traditional positions, but developing them to the extreme. William owns a dance company Ballet Frankfurt and dance ensemble of eighteen dancers based in Germany, The Forsythe Company.
7. Crystal Pite
Crystal Pite CM is one of the world’s best choreographers who learned dancing from the famous dance company Ballet Frankfurt by William Forsythe. She mainly choreographs for theatrical shows and has worked with some of the renowned companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet BC, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, The Royal Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and others. Most of her works have been awarded and many others nominated for the amazing dance performance. Currently, she is running Kidd Pivot, a contemporary dance theatre company in Canada, and is also an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells (London), associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theatre (Netherlands) and associate dance artist in National Arts Centre (Canada).
8. Ohad Naharin
Ohad Naharin is a choreographer and contemporary dancer from Israel known for his unique system of dance called Gaga. Currently, Naharin is the House Choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company where he served as Artistic Director from 1990 to 2018. While he was teaching dance at the Batsheva Dance Company, he developed a distinct style of dance movement which he called Gaga. Gaga is in fact an innovative and constantly evolving movement language that is available to both dancers and non-dancers. Work of Naharin has been applauded by the Frankfurt Ballet, Opéra National de Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Sydney Dance Company, Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Rambert Dance Company, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Cullberg Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, etc.
9. Christopher Scott
Christopher Scott is well-known for his choreography and dance routines on the dance series So You Think You Can Dance. He graduated from the Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet Program in 2001 and began his career as a dancer and choreographer in the Step Up dance film franchise. He was also the associate producer and choreographer of the original online dance experience, The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. Scott is known mostly for his innovative hip-hop duets and signature group routines for which he has been nominated three times for Emmy award. Scott’s story-driven duets and elaborate group routines on So You Think You Can Dance has been quite popular.
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10. Wim Vandekeybus
Wim Vandekeybus is an acclaimed choreographer and director from Belgium who owns a dance company called Ultima Vez. He is known for introducing Flemish Wave in contemporary dance in the 80’s together with Jan Fabre, Alain Platel and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He has made more than thirty international dance and theater productions and worked on many movies and video works. Vandekeybus is quite passionate about photography and is a really good photographer too.