Ann Reinking

Active - 1978 - 2009  |   Born - Nov 10, 1949 in Seattle, Washington, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Culture & Society, Health & Fitness, Music, Theater

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Dance star, lead actress, onscreen from the late '70s.

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  • Moved to New York City at 16 after training with the San Francisco Ballet; studied with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, and made her stage debut in Cabaret (1969) on Broadway.
  • Her dancing style was greatly influenced by her relationship with Broadway legend Bob Fosse in the 1970s, and she later carried on his signature chic-jazz motif as a choreographer.
  • Made the "raising the roof" dance move popular, and insisted on including it in a dance routine in the movie Annie (1982).
  • Founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program that connects students with theater professionals.
  • Works closely with the National Marfan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for the disorder (which also affects her son).