Creative Baby Names: The best dancers’ names from Allegra to Merce

Coincidentally or not, many dancers have names that aptly project an image of lightness and grace. And this cuts across many disciplines of dance, from toe to tap, and across generations as well. As with all artistic children, we have to wonder how much influence the parents who chose their creative baby names had on their offspring’s vocations. Is it serendipitous that ballerina Allegra Kent was given a name that projects such a quintessentially dancer-like image? But hold on–before we jump to conclusions, you’ll see that half of the dancers shown chose their own terpsichorean names.
Here are the Nameberry Picks of best dancers’ names.


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German-born dancer and choreographer Hanya Holm is considered to be one of the founders of modern dance. Born Johanna, her charming nickname—which has a slightly Russian feel—is hardly known in this country.

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