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A backup dancer also known as background dancer is a performer who dances with or behind the lead performers in a live musical act or in a music video. Their movements (especially where there are many moving together) provide a visual symmetry and rhythm to accompany the music.
Some notable performers began their music careers as backup dancers for other artists, including:
- Tupac Shakur (for the Digital Underground)
- Jennifer Lopez (for the New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer and Janet Jackson's 1993 video "That's the Way Love Goes")
- Cris Judd (for ex-wife Jennifer Lopez' 2001 video "Love Don't Cost a Thing")
- Rain (for Park Jin-young and Park Ji-yoon)
- Michael K. Williams
- Kenya Acosta (for many artists, mostly Justin Bieber)
- Kevin Federline (for Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Christina Milian, and LFO)
- Will Storr (5 Jun 2011). "The truth about life as a background dancer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
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