Backup dancer

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A backup dancer

A backup dancer also known as background dancer[1] 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:

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  1. ^ Storr, Will (5 June 2011). "The truth about life as a background dancer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Lopez left red-faced after seeing her MC Hammer dance clip from 20 years ago... but shapes up as Marilyn Monroe". Daily Mail. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cris Judd Talks Jennifer Lopez Marriage: "You're No Longer a Normal Person"". Us Weekly. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "From Backup Dancer To 'The Wire': How A Scar Transformed A Career". NPR. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Schwarz, Hunter (26 April 2014). "Kevin Federline Was A Backup Dancer In A Justin Timberlake Music Video". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 2 March 2015.