From choreographers and ballet dancers to hip hop instructors and a few that have appeared on competitive dancing shows, check out these 12 experts and self-taught dancers who have drawn attention around the globe.
The 12 dance influencers to follow in 2021
Maddie Ziegler (@maddieziegler)
With a whopping 13.7 million Instagram followers, Maddie Ziegler has attracted fans through various platforms. Initially launching her career through the reality show “Dance Moms” at age 8, this dancer/actress also starred in Sia’s series of music videos, including “Chandelier.”
She has served as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” and gave dance tours with her sister, Mackenzie. Her social media includes dance moves, poses, and clothing.
Melinda Marie (m_dancer18)
Melinda Marie posts about dance, yoga, pilates, and travel. She shares stunning pictures that capture her personality and lifestyle. From Paris and Rome to Santorini and Venice, her followers get glimpses from around the globe alongside workouts and dance sampling.
Chloe Lukasiak (@chloelukasiak)
With a very active social media presence on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, Chloe Lukasiak has made herself into a branding machine! Many of her followers know her from “Dance Moms” and “Center Stage: On Pointe, A Cowgirl’s Story.” But she also wrote a book entitled “Girl on Pointe: Chloe’s Guide to Taking on the World.”
Beyond just the topic of dance, Chloe also posts about college, her jewelry collection, her apartment, and shopping.
Ian Eastwood (@ian_eastwood)
Dancer, choreographer, director, and entrepreneur Ian Eastwood gives his Instagram fans exactly what they want: plenty of dance videos! His YouTube account has more than 761K subscribers and he’s even teaching dance workshops online with Patreon. He’s made appearances as a dancer on “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “Dancing With the Stars,” as well as countless music videos with the likes of Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Zendaya.
Billing herself as “the dancing Barbie,” Dytto inspires her followers with not only dance but also music, fashion, and beauty products on Instagram. She’s got a strong media presence on Facebook and Twitter, but it’s her YouTube account that draws more than 3.88M subscribers with plenty of dance videos.
Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe)
No list of dance influencers would be complete without Misty Copeland! As a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, her Instagram images and videos are as poised as she is! She uses her platform to spread positive messages for girls who want to become dancers, as well as for girls and women of color who see her as a role model. Misty was named a “Modern Heroine” and showcased in the August 26 piece by ELLE.
Kida the Great (@kidathegreat)
Known by his 4.4M Instagram followers as “Kida the Great,” Leon Kida Burns knows his fans are looking for high-energy dance videos, and he doesn’t disappoint! His YouTube account is jam-packed with some of the best choreography in the industry set to popular hip-hop songs. He and his crew appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Kida himself won the grand prize on “So You Think You Can Dance.” He and his partner appeared on “World Of Dance,” and Kida choreographed and appeared in Justin Bieber’s “Come Around Me” video in 2020.
Dance fans who watched the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008 will know Jabbawockeez by their white full-face masks. The group’s social media presence—primarily performances—draws followers of all ages on multiple channels, including Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. Tickets are now available for the crew’s “Timeless” show at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in September.
Jeny Bonsenge (@jenybsg)
Belgian dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher Jeny Bonsenge appeared on “The Ellen Show” in 2019 with her 9-year-old student and the world immediately fell in love! Originally from Congo, Jen is the founder of @AfroHouseBelgium and @Dance_4kids. Her YouTube videos are filled with joy and energy, and her Instagram is brimming with photos and videos of dance, fashion, and media appearances.
Matt Steffanina (@mattsteffanina)
Music producer and choreographer Matt Steffanina’s Instagram boasts an impressive 3.9M followers, but it’s his 12M YouTube subscriber reach that really demonstrates his talent and influence. His posts are full of unique dance moves and rich choreography and Staffanina’s dance tutorials on DNCR Academy have drawn in millions of potential and experienced dancers around the world.
Charlize Glass (@charlizeglass)
As the owner of The Glasshouse dance studio in Los Angeles, Charlize Glass inspires dancers of all ages to pursue their dreams. She was featured in Dance Magazine and appeared on “World of Dance.” Her TikTok posts have pulled in 973.3K followers and her Instagram covers everything from dance and travel to family, friends and even a trip to a cat sanctuary.
JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa)
JoJo Siwa’s 10.9M Instagram fans who can’t get enough of her concerts, Instagram, or YouTube videos can now stream her family dance musical “The J Team.” The dancer, singer, and actress was the youngest contestant on the second season of “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” and appeared on “Dance Moms” for two seasons. In September 2021, she’ll compete on the 30th season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
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