Dance History

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

Rudolf Laban

February 1, 2014 by

The creator of dance notation
Rudolf Laban was many things—a choreographer, dance teacher, movement theorist, architect and performer—but he is best remembered for creating two systems to understand movement, both of which are still taught in … Continue reading

Marius Petipa

January 1, 2014 by

His ballets are the core of company repertoires.
When Marius Petipa began his career as a choreographer with Russia’s Imperial Theaters in 1847, he forever changed the face of ballet. He made more than 50 ballets, … Continue reading

Isadora Duncan

November 4, 2013 by

Laying the foundation for American modern dance
In an era when ballet and burlesque were the only dance options available to women, Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) chose to break the mold, anchoring her style in authentic, free-spirited … Continue reading

Agrippina Vaganova

October 4, 2013 by

The queen of codified ballet technique

Agrippina Vaganova (1879­­–1951) transformed ballet training, melding French Romanticism and Italian strength and athleticism with Russian expressivity. The publication of her book, Basic Principles of Classical Ballet, systemized her technique … Continue reading