Dance History

Louis Horst

November 1, 2014 by

Louis Horst The musician who molded modern dance

Though Louis Horst was a musician and never studied dance, his influence on dance is far-reaching. He pushed Martha Graham to create her own choreographic stamp, just as … Continue reading

Erick Hawkins

October 1, 2014 by

Martha Graham’s first male company member and the creator of the Hawkins technique
Erick Hawkins made modern dance history as the first male dancer accepted into Martha Graham’s company, but he also earned success as a choreographer and … Continue reading

Agnes de Mille

September 1, 2014 by

Bringing emotionally driven dance to Broadway and American themes to ballet 
Famous for choreographing Oklahoma!, Carousel and Brigadoon, Agnes de Mille forever changed the face of Broadway dance. She was the first to create movement that … Continue reading

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