Devotion to Motion

So readers, if I’m going to be honest and tell the truth, writing blogs for the Fordney Foundation is fun because I get to write about dance and everything about dance.  Our non-profit organization caters to dance and I’m delighted to be surrounded by people who are “all about dance.” Not everyone can be as lucky as me.  Often times people do not like what they do.  That would not be me.  You see, I get to honor the world of dance in all its glory; especially ballroom/dancesport and work with people who appreciate the beauty of dance and how it affects other people.  Let’s face it, dancing makes us happy.  Watch a dancer perform, and instantly, the corners of your mouth turn up!  It’s a pleasant experience.

You know, you are lucky too, all you would be ballroom/dancesport dancers out there.  If you love to dance and are passionate about dancing, for you, it is the natural thing to do.  What else is as beautiful to watch and makes us feel so fulfilled.  And if you don’t think your passion for dance can lead to a professional career, maybe you need to think again and make that DREAM become a reality!

For a special treat, and to bring home the point of “following your bliss,” I would like to

share with you a little bit of dancing history and show you how rich our culture has become with people totally divested into the art of dance.  Not to mention, (and not to be confused with the main reason to dance which is for the love of it) there is a lot of fame and fortune to be had in the dance world, if you can connect professionally.

Here is a small list of some of the most famous people (dead and alive) in the world who have made an impact in the dancing world.  This list includes famous television shows, broadway plays, movies, singers, actors and of course people, who are just happy to dance.

Television Shows:

American Bandstand, Shindig, Soul Train, Solid Gold, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and World Of Dance.

Broadway Plays:

An American In Paris, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Singing’ In The Rain, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Hamilton and so many others.


Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Flashdance, Footloose, Happy Feet (Animation), Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom, La La Land and so many more.

Music Artists who Dance:

James Brown, Kanye West, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and many more music artists.

Some Famous Dancers:

Gregory Hines, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Leslie Caron, Martha Graham, Rita Hayworth, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Some Actress Dancers:

Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLaine, Shirley Temple, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Cyd Charisse

Some Actor Dancers:

Elvis Presley, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, John Travolta, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Walken

Some Famous People Who Just Like To Dance:

Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Princess Diana, Pope Francis

Great/Famous Dancers:

Martha Graham, Derek and Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Misty Copeland, Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ginger Roger

So there you have it, my fine dancing friends, some of the many people who can make the world smile, if only for a little while.  Know that you are in good company with the prospect of making the whole world happy too!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing  –  James Brown


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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website