Dance History

John Bubbles

March 1, 2015 by

The father of rhythm tap
John Bubbles revolutionized tap dance as the first tapper to drop his heels. By using his entire foot (heel and toe), he created rhythmically complex and syncopated footwork while maintaining a … Continue reading

Marie Taglioni

January 30, 2015 by

Marie Taglioni The first Romantic ballerina
 
Marie Taglioni ushered in a new era of ballet—what we now call the Romantic period—with her performance in La Sylphide. With pointe work that was revolutionary for her time, she … Continue reading

Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno

December 29, 2014 by

The creators of butoh
Butoh, or the “dance of utter darkness,” was created in the 1950s by Japanese artists Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. Marked by white body makeup, shaved heads, distorted body shapes and taboo … Continue reading

Hanya Holm

December 1, 2014 by

Bringing German modern dance to America
Hanya Holm was a catalyst in America’s early modern dance scene, first ushering in her teacher Mary Wigman’s German expressionistic dance and later bringing modern dance concepts to Broadway choreography. … Continue reading

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