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Last Name First Name Location Notes, Performed etc. Dance Partners, Misc. Dances Done Dates
Raft George New York Crazy Quilt | Rhumba Carol Lombard | Margo Tango | Rumba 1920-40's?
Rainey Gertrude "Ma" Columbus, Georgia. Vaudeville & Minstrel | Bunch of Blackberries Aka: Gertrude Pridget | William "PA" Rainey Song & Dance | Black Bottom 4/26/1886-12/22/1939
Rainey Phill n/a Marathon Derby Show Mary Casey/ Curts Marathon 1930's
Rajah Princess n/a Edison Films | Mysterious Asia | Coney Island, Married: Clifford Fischer Cooch | Belly Dance | Shimmy 1902
Raki Laya n/a n/a n/a Singer & Javanese Dancer | Ethnic 1945
Ralph & Lorraine n/a n/a Brown Hotel (KY.) | St. Anthony Hotel (TX.) Aka: A boy and his Mannequin Ballroom | Adagio 1940's
Rall Tommy Kansas City, MO. Blackouts. Fancy Free n/a Ballet | Tap | Acrobatic B.1929
Rambova
Natacha NY? n/a Aka: Natacha Kimball | Rudolph Valentino Tango 1900's
Rameau Pierre France Wrote: Le maître à danser n/a Baroque Dance 1674-1798
Ramon & Chiquita USA 12/1941: 'It' Mag. n/a Latin 1941
Ramon & Lucinda n/a Palumbos Cabaret n/a Calypso Dance 1950's?
Ramon & Renita USA Created the Ronrico dance (a rhumba) (1937 Universal Newsreel) RhumbaLatin 1937
Ramón &(Navarro?) Rosita NY 1924 Thy Name Is Woman | Supper Clubs | Waldorf-Astoria Rosita | Nena & Carmen Samaniego BallroomSpanish 1930/40's
Rand (Randazzle) Ray Los Angeles based "created Ray Rand Swingers" | Mgr. Diana Ballroom | 1936 Pomona Fair Ray rand swingers:Hal Takier & Betty Takier | Maxie Dorf & Mary McCaslin | Lawrence Wise & Lillian Arnold | Gil Fernandez & Venna Cascon Jitterbug | Balboa ?-d.?1939?
Rand Sally Hickory, Missouri 1926 Gigolo | Sunny Side Up | Night of Love Cotton Club Fan | Bubble | Serpentine 1/2/1903-8/31/1979
Randall Carl n/a 1916 Ziegfeld Follies | Spectre de la Rose n/a Ballet? 1916
Randall Ruth n/a n/a Joseph Santley SantleyTango 1913
Rasch Albertina Vienna, Austria The Palace | Ziegfeld Theater Choreographer | Mangaed Girl Groups Married: Dimitri Tiomkin Albertina Rasch Girls | Ballet B.1896-
Ravel Marietta n/a 1866 Black Crook n/a BalletCourt B.1847
Ray Earl "Tiny" n/a In Old Kentucky, The Three Eddies Pick Dancer | TapDancer 1900's?
Ray Gabrielle n/a Actress | dancer, Aka: Gabs | Miss Craske Acrobatic Dancer 1905
Ray Joie n/a Derby Show | Atlantic City Aka: Frankie Laine | Mary Fenton Marathon 1930's
Ray Lois (Mrs.) USA ?? ?? Tap Dancer 1950's
Raye Martha Butte Montana ---- Married: Ed Bageley Swing Dancer 8/27/1916-10/19/1994
Raye Mary New Orleans Clubs Married: Mario Naldi Tango 1940's
Read (Midwater) Florence Pretoria, S. Africa Dance Contestant | Joos Ballet n/a Ballet | Spanish | Modern B.1920
Reardon William (Billy) New York Let's Dance | Harriman Cakewalk (1915) Irene Castle1922 | Josephine Harriman 1915 Ballroom | Cakewalk | Foxtrot | Tango 1915-24
Rector Eddie Orange, New Jersey Cotton Club | Darktown Follies | Liza | Cab Calloway | Ink Spots. Hot Rhythm (1930) Grace Rector | Toots Davis Tap | Bambalina| Sand Dance | WaltzClog 1890's-1962
Rector Grace n/a Strut Miss Lizzie [1922] Eddie Rector n/a 1922
Rector Henry n/a Brother to Eddie Rector | Dixie to Broadway [1923] n/a n/a 1923
Red n/a n/a Brown Buddie [1930] Aka: Red and Struggy Satires,Lindy Hop | Tap | Eccentric | Comedy | Pantomime 1930's
"Red Rex" n/a Los Angeles, CA. ??1941 Jitterbug Champion-Steel Pier-Atlantic City?? W/ Skippy Blair | Jitterbug | Tap 1940's
Red Rhythm n/a White's Emporium (1942,) Real Name: John Chivers | Groundhog | Leon Collins Tap 1940's
Reed Dave n/a Blackface Minstrel and Steamboat Dancer | Bryant Theater Added unique arm movements to a new dance. (Tap) Character Shoe Fly,Jig | Eccentric | Plantation 1830-1906
Reed Leonard Lightning Creek, OK. $ Shim Sham Instructional Video | Deep Harlem | Basin St. Revue [1956] | Rhythm and Blues Revue [1955] | Rock and Roll Revue [1955] | Silas B. Williams Show | Cotton Club Maceo Ellis | Willie Bryant Eccentric | Shim Sham | Charleston | Director | Writer 1/7/1907-5/5/2004
Reed Magnone Park n/a n/a Married: Robert Woolsey Eccentric Dancer 1920's
Reese Betsy n/a n/a n/a Jazz Toe Dance 1940's
Reese "Buzzy"  Los Angeles?, Ca Contest Promoter | Dance Fever! n/a Disco etc 1970's-80's
Regay Pearl n/a Palace Theater with Rialto Versatile Five Syncopaters Roy Sheldon Ballroom 1920's
Reiman Elsie Terre Haute, Indiana Movies | Musicals | Ballets n/a Ballet | Highland Fling 1940's
Reinhart Harriette Karin n/a Milwaukee Dance Instructor Leo Kehl n/a 1923
Relyea Marjorie n/a Was Florador Girl (sextet) Married: 1st: William D. Holmes, 2nd: Albert Stokes Dancer 1910's
Renee & Estella (Stella) Cuba? Club Yumuri | Cotton ClubExpress-Chile Estella Rhumba 1930's?
Rennie Winifred n/a n/a n/a n/a 1920's
"Resortes" See Martinez n/a n/a n/a Mambo 1950's
Restilli Dino California ? Club Dancer, n/a West Coast Swing 1970's/80's
Revere Amy NY. Erroll Carroll Vanities | Tip Toes | There's A Crowd Mae Murray | Charles Ames Ballet | Waltz 1920/30's
Reves Raul & Eva Havana, Cuba? High Sea's Restaurant: Havana n/a Latin 1950's?
Rey Federico n/a n/a Pilar Gomez Spanish 1930's?
Rey Frederic n/a Follies Bergeré Yvonne Moneau Ballet 1940's
Reyes Goyo n/a 1952 Estrella de Sierra Morena | La (chor.) Pepita Ortega Flamenco 1940's
Reyes Pepa n/a n/a Cruz Luna | Angel Mancheño Flamenco | Spanish 1940's
Reyes Trini  n/a Waldorf-Astoria | Ed Sullivan Show n/a Flamenco | Spanish 1940's
Reynard n/a n/a Aka: Arden & Reynard Arden Ballet 1930's
Reynold Sisters n/a Bowery Theater Kilty & Henrietta Jigs & Reels 1883
Rhodes Evelyn SoCal n/a n/a West Coast SwingJitterbug 1970's
Rianza Yetta n/a n/a n/a n/a 1920's
Richardson Lady Constance England or Scotland? Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson Lyric Theatre 1913 Faun Dances 1913
Rice Thomas, Dartmouth Louisville, KY. Minstrel Shows | Blacface Aka: "Daddy Jim Crow." | "Daddy Rice," | T.D. Rice Truckin' | Minstrel | Jump Jim Crow | Buck | Jig 1808-1861
Rich Buddy (Bernard) New York? n/a n/a Tap| Musician B.6/30/17-
Richard & Flora n/a See Stuart and Lea n/a Ballroom 1920's
Richardson "Jazzlips" n/a Hot Chocolates [1929] |Apollo Theater n/a Eccentric | Acrobatic | Contortions | Comedian 1929
Ricker Billy Harlem, NY? Whitey's Lindy Hoppers | Big Apple Dancers | Hellzapoppin' Norma Miller | Esther Washington | Married: Wila Mae Lindy Hop 1930's
Ricker Willa Mae Harlem, NY? Whitey's Lindy Hoppers | Harlem Congeroos | Hellzapoppin' | A Day at the Races | 1943 LIFE Magazine Cover/story ( with Leon) | Model Al Minns | Billy Ricker | Frankie Manning | Leon James | Russell Williams | Snooky Beasley | Married: Billy Ricker Lindy Hop 4/7/1910-6/1978
Rickert Shirley Jean Seattle, WA Singin' In The Rain | Best Foot Forward | Love Pains | Our Gang | Little Rascals | ABC's of Love Aka: Shirley Jean Measures | Shirley Jean Ricketts | Child Star | Musical Dancer | Actress | Became Burlesque Star 'Gilda' | Danced in Musicals and Burlesque Burlesque B.3/25/1926
Riefenstahl Riefenstahl Germany n/a n/a Actress | Dancer 1932
Riles James n/a Bowery Theater Lottie Anderson Song & Dance 1883
Riley Thomas A. n/a Dance Magazine Editor | Teacher Harvest Moon Ball Judge Ballroom 1938
Rines Joseph n/a n/a n/a Lambeth Walk 1938
Ringold Muriel n/a n/a Aka: Katie Carter and Muriel Ringold Tap 1920's
Rippa Terry Dallas, TX Instructor | Competitor | Promotor | Judge -founded Dallas D.A.N.C.E Event (1987) West Coast Swing | Whip | Push 1970's
Rita And Fito Cuba Taught Gertrude Hoffmann Girls the Rhumba Aka: Rita and Fito Rumba 1920's
Ritz Al n/a Vaudeville | Argentine Nights Aka: Ritz Bros Dancers 1943
Ritz Harry n/a Vaudeville | Never a Dull Moment Aka: Ritz Brothers Dancer 1943
Ritz Jimmy n/a Vaudeville Aka: Ritz Bros Dancers 1943
Riva Alfredo n/a Keith-Albee 81st St. Theatre Jeannie Orr Spanish Dancers 1910's?
Rivera Chita Washington, DC Debut: 1952 Call Me Madam | Guys & Dolls | West Side Story Ballanchine Ballet B.1933
Robbins Jerome New York City On The Town | Fancy Free Nora Kaye Ballet | Modern | Spanish 10/11/1918-1998
Robinson Bill (Bojangles) Richmond, VA. Stormy Weather | Little Colonel | 1928 Blackbirds Shirley Temple Tap | Stair Dance 5/1878-11/1949
Robinson Buddy n/a Wislshire-Ebell Theater n/a Tap 1953
Robinson Clarence n/a Successful Choreographer. Cotton Club | Cabin in the Sky | Shuffle Along [1933] | Lucky Sambo [1925] | Keep Shufflin' [1928] | Stormy Weather [1943] Married: Hyacinth Curtis Choreographer 1920's
Robinson Foots n/a While dancing, would fall to the floor, do a Spin on his back in time with the music... he called it 'the Black Bottom' Jim Green. aka Green and Robinson Specialty | Tap  1923
Roberts & Marianne n/a 8/3/1937 Life Mag. n/a Rope Dance 1937
Rock William n/a n/a Maude Fulton Comedy | Turkey Trot 1912
Rockets The Group n/a Duke Ellington Henry Roberts & Andrew Jackson A dance troupe / team 1930's-present
Rockettes Dance Group New York Radio City Music Hall See page Can-Cantype See page
Rodgers Sid & Carol USA? n/a Stage and Screen Ballroom | Acrobatic 1930's
Rodriguez Augie & Margo USA Palladium | Roseland | Ed Sullivan Show | Steve Allen Show | 1956 Harvest Moon Ball Aka Augie and Margo. m=Margo Bartolonei Latin | Mambo | Ballet | Adagio | TangoSpanish | Modern | 1956
Rodriquez Estellita n/a Parade of 1951 n/a Spanish 1951
Rodriguez Teddy N.Y. La Martinique Phyllis Rodriguez Latin 1958
Roeser Betty n/a 1st: 1948 Harvest Moon Ball (L.A.) | Tivoli | Maharaja| Twice Blessed Married: Hal Takier | West Coast | Jitterbug | Lindy | Balboa 1915-1970's
Rogers Buddy & Patsy Balto | MD. n/a n/a MarathonChampions 1930
Rogers Ginger Independence, Missouri Swingtime | Girl Crazy
Top Speed
Aka: Virginia Katherine Mc Math | Fred Astaire Charleston | Ballroom | Tap 1911-1995
Rökk Marika Egypt Carousel | Hello Janine | Moulin Rouge George Alexander Ballroom| Burlesque | Tap 11/3/1919-5/16/2004
Romanini n/a     n/a n/a Rope Dancer n/a
Romero Caesar n/a Movies/Clubs Many Ballroom | Latin 1930's
Ronitris Dimitris Greece n/a Dance Instructor Greek 1613
Ronnell & Edna Maybe Dancers 1946: Love In Syncopation n/a n/a 1946
Rooney Pat "Frisco" Chicago, IL. 1919: Rings Of Smoke | Lambs Cafe Son of: Marion Bent | Mattie Rooney | Emma Francis Jig |Tango | Waltz | Tap | Hornpipe | Frisco | Waltz Clog B.1909-1980's
Rooney Mickey n/a Actor Judy Garland Jitterbug 1930's?
Rosa, De Mlle. NYC? Niblo's Gardens n/a Spanish | Morris | Ballet 1868
Rosalene n/a NY? Caprice Room (Weylin Hotel.) | 5/1935: Stage Magazine Seville Ballroom 1930's
Rosalie ??? USA 1898: Bridget's Word Goes - Jasper Jenkins | de Cake Walk Coon | Brooklyn Music Hall ?? Vocalist andAcrobatic Dancer 1898
Rosalie And Alva (R) Missouri | (A) Vis Step Lively | Fanchon and Marco Idea's | Step Lively | Bolero George Murphy | Ruth Spear | married Ballet | Samoan Dance 1930's
Rosario Maria n/a El Ciego | Princes Theater Antonio Cano | Lusillo | Gloria Gomad Spanish 1957
Rosario & Antonio Seville | Spain 1941 Ziegfeld Girl | Son's Of Fun Aka: Antonio & Roasrio | Real Name: Rosario Perez Spanish B.1920 (R)
Rosario (Imperio?) n/a n/a Andre D'Arcy? Spanish 1930's
Rosati Carolina Italy The Prophet | Thea M. Charles | M. Taglioni and P. Taglioni Skating Dance | Waltz Brilliante 1826-1905
Rosita ??? n/a Gold Digger1935 Ramon | Fontana Spanish 1930's
Ros Ramon n/a The Iron Major n/a Ros Dancers 1943
Ross Alec n/a On Video: Entertainers in Britsih Films: a century in British Cinema n/a British Dancer n/a
Ross Charles n/a Passing Show 1912 Trixie Friganza Apache 1912
Ross Jerry n/a Your Show Of Shows (TV) Nelle Fisher Ballroom 1950's
Rothenberg Carl n/a Patrick the Great Jivin' Jacks Swing Dance 1945
Rothkugel Max New York wrote Dancing Charts n/a Ballroom 1918
Rothman Dorothy Bronx | N.Y. Roseland dancer and Harvest Moon Ball dancer Partner Tony ? Ballroom 1940's
Roudenko Lubov Sofia, Bulgaria Rodeo | Merry Widow. Musicals | Ballets n/a Ballet | Can-Can 1940's
Rowland Betty n/a Let's Make Musi Int'l Burlesque | Love & Kisses Sensual Erotique dances on screen Chorus | Burlesque | Dancer 1940's
Royce Edward n/a Choreographer n/a Ballroom 1920's
Royce Teddy England? Gaiety Theater | England's Best Dancer Farren | Terry | Vaughn Dance | Skirt 1878
Royce Rosita n/a 7/18/1939: Look Mag. | San Diego Expo 1935 Also a Fan and Bubble dancer | Nudist Dance of the Doves C1940's
Royce Sisters, The USA? Vaudeville n/a Tap 1900's?
Rozerio n/a n/a n/a n/a Ballet n/a
Ruben Pedro n/a Rio Rita n/a Mexican,Spanish 1927
Rubens Hilda n/a Pins & Needles n/a n/a 1930's
Rubenstein Ida St. Petersburg, RU. Salome. Bolero.
La Valse
n/a Valse | Salome | Bolero | Ballet 1910's
Rudac Dorothy NY? Palace Theater Andre Dance Team? 1900's
Rude Vera ?? Aka Vera Rude and Partner | Edinburg Theatre ?? Acrobatic 1940's
Ruette | La Jean Louis France Composer and Actor of Ballets and Opera's n/a Ballet 1731-1792
Ruiz Albert n/a 1947 Road To Rio | 1950 Summer Stock n/a Specialty Dancer | Jitterbug 1940's
Ruiz Alberta n/a Variety Girl | The French Line n/a Specialty Dancer 1947/54
Ruiz Antonio Seville, Spain $ 1944: Hollywood Canteen dvd Aka: Antonio & Rosario | Antonio Lopez, Flamenco | Spanish 1922-1996
Rulson ??? n/a Rulson - Dorsha & Baro n/a Ballroom n/a
Runaway Four n/a n/a Comic Acrobatic Troupe n/a Acrobatic 1930's?
Russel | Jr. Eddie n/a 1927 Kiss Me | Lyric Theater Russel family Tap | Acrobatic 1927
Rutherford George E. n/a n/a Mrs. Rutherford Lindy | Ballroom | Tap 1940's
Rutledge & Taylor n/a 1929: Lady Fare n/a Tap| Class Act 1920's
Ryan Billy n/a n/a n/a Tap | Soft Shoe 1920's?
Ryan Peggy n/a Saughter of the Merry Dancing Ryans | Private Buckeroo | Get Hep to Love | Jivin' Jacks and Jills Donald O'Connor | George Murphy | Real Name: Margaret O'Rene Ryan | Married dancer: Ray Macdonald Jitterbug | Tap d.2005 (1930)