1. George Balanchine (1904-1983)
George Balanchine was a choreographer. Nicknames as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its Artistic Director for more than 35 years.
2. Martha Graham (1894-1991)
Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her influence on dance has been compared with the influence of Picasso on modern visual arts, the influence of Stravinsky on music, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years.
3. Alvin Ailey (1931-1989)
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.
4. Bob Fosse (1927-1987)
Robert Louis Fosse was an American dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor. He won eight Tony Awards for choreography, more than anyone else ever has, as well as one for direction.
5. Jerome Robbins (1918-1998)
Jerome Robbins was an American choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer who worked in classical ballet, on Broadway, and in films and television. Among his numerous stage productions, he alsoworked on were "On the Town", "Peter Pan", "High Button Shoes", "The King And I", "The Pajama Game", "Bells Are Ringing", "West Side Story", "Gypsy: A Musical Fable", and "Fiddler on the Roof". Robbins was also a five time Tony award winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He received two Academy Awards, including the 1961 Academy Award for Best Director with Robert Wise for "West Side Story".