Dance History

August Bournonville

August 1, 2014 by

Bringing men to the forefront of the Royal Danish Ballet
August Bournonville was a celebrated Danish dancer and choreographer who created the Bournonville method, a technique and training system still in use today by the Royal … Continue reading

Martha Hill

July 1, 2014 by

The champion of dance in higher education

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dance educator Martha Hill had to constantly fight battles within the realm of higher education. After founding dance degree programs at New York University, Bennington College and Juilliard, she … Continue reading

Mary Wigman

June 1, 2014 by

Choosing expression over technique
Mary Wigman was a radical modern dance pioneer who rejected formalized technique and instead focused on expression of emotion. The use of dance improvisation as a tool for movement development has its … Continue reading

Enrico Cecchetti

May 1, 2014 by

Creator of the Cecchetti method, a revolutionary ballet technique
Enrico Cecchetti created a ballet technique, still widely used today, known for two revolutionary ideas: first, that a dancer’s degree of turnout should be based on his … Continue reading

Doris Humphrey

April 1, 2014 by

José Limón’s teacher and the dancer responsible for “fall and recovery”
Doris Humphrey, like her contemporary Martha Graham, was interested in making dance more reflective of modern times. In collaboration with Charles Weidman, she developed the … Continue reading

Gene Kelly

March 1, 2014 by

Changed the face of dance on film
 

Kelly and Leslie Caron (whom he discovered) in An American in Paris

Gene Kelly was one of the original song-and-dance men from the movie-musical golden age, credited with introducing ballet … Continue reading