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The art of precise, expressive, and graceful human movement, traditionally, but not necessarily, performed in accord with musical accompaniment.
From The Macmillan Encyclopedia
The art of composing ballet and other theatrical dances. Choreography originally referred only to a dance notation, the lack of which has made precise reconstruction of many ballets difficult.
Ghost Dance: Topic
American Indian religious revivalist movement that spread through the Plains Indians and other ethnic groups in the 1890s.
Rudolf Von Laban (1879-1958)
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide
Hungarian dance theoretician. He is known as the leader of modern dance theory. He invented Labanotation, an accurate, detailed system of recording steps and movements.
Martha Graham (1894-1991): Topic
Opposed to traditional ballet with its graceful movements, Martha Graham exerted a major influence on the evolution of modern dance by inventing intense, angular movements that seemed to give overt form to the emotions.
Modern Dance: Topic
Serious theatrical dance forms that are distinct from both ballet and the show dancing of the musical comedy or variety stage.
Pearl Primus (1919-1994): Topic
US dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher who pioneered an awareness and understanding of the African-American tradition in dance.
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927): Topic
Dancer, born in San Francisco, California, USA. Disliking traditional dances, in 1898 she began to perform her own free-style of dancing.
Katherine Dunham (1909-2006): Topic
Although Dunham is most widely known for her dancing, her direction of her dance troupe, and her choreography, she is well regarded in scholarly circles for her anthropological study of dance.
[Ital. ballare=to dance], classic, formalized solo or ensemble dancing of a highly controlled, dramatic nature performed to music.
Bolshoi Ballet: Topic
Russian ballet company founded in 1776 and based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. With their mixed repertory of classics and new works, the Bolshoi is noted for its grand scale productions and the dancers' dramatic and eloquent technique.
George Balanchine (1904-1983): Topic
American choreographer and ballet dancer, b. St. Petersburg, Russia, as Georgi Balanchivadze.
Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996): Topic
American dance and theater executive and writer, born in Rochester, N.Y.
Royal Ballet: Topic
Leading British ballet company and school, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Until 1956 it was known as the Sadler's Wells Ballet.
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Fred Astaire (1899-1987): Topic
Dancer, singer, choreographer, and actor, born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Loie Fuller (1862-1928): Topic
Dancer, choreographer, and stage lighting innovator, born in Fullersburg, Illinois, USA.
Gene Kelly (1912-1996)
From The Columbia Encyclopedia
American dancer, choreographer, movie actor, and director, b. Pittsburgh as Eugene Curran Kelly. Kelly first gained fame in the title role of the Broadway musical Pal Joey (1940). He moved to Hollywood in 1941 and his best-known work was in motion pictures, where he excelled in an inventive combination of camera and dance techniques. He appeared in such films as On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951; Academy Award), Singin' in the Rain (1952)—which contains his single most famous performance—and Invitation to the Dance (1956). A skillful, expressive dancer with a joyfully muscular yet lyrical style, he also sang in a thin yet appealing voice. He also played dramatic film roles, and directed several movies, including The Happy Road (1950) and Hello Dolly (1969).
Michael Kidd (1915-2007): Topic
Choreographer, dancer, and producer-director, born in New York City, New York, USA.
Jerome Robbins (1918-1998): Topic
American choreographer and dancer. Robbins began his career dancing in musicals (1937).
Ginger Rogers (1911-1955): Topic
US actor, dancer, and singer. She worked from the 1930s to the 1950s, often starring with Fred Astaire in such films as Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936)