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George Balanchine

(1904—1983) Russian-born American ballet dancer and choreographer

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Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille  

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(1905–1993).Stage choreographer and director. Arguably Broadway's most influential choreographer, she created a long list of unforgettable musical numbers in legendary shows. She was born in New York ...
Agon

Agon  

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Ballet for 12 dancers by Stravinsky, choreog. Balanchine. Comp. 1953–7. F.p. as concert work Los Angeles, June 1957; as stage work by NY City Ballet, Dec. 1957.
American Ballet

American Ballet  

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Ballet company which emerged from the School of American Ballet. The SAB was founded by Kirstein, Balanchine, E. M. M. Warburg, and V. Dimitriev at the end of 1933 and opened in Jan. 1934. Its first ...
Babes in Arms

Babes in Arms  

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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were right at the peak of their form for this show, which opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on 14 April 1937. Their ...
Ballet in American Theatre

Ballet in American Theatre  

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Ballet has been a feature of regular American theatre, as distinguished from a totally separate ballet theatre with great ballet companies, virtually from the start. Indeed, because we could not ...
Ballet Society

Ballet Society  

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Founded in 1946 by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, this was the precursor to New York City Ballet. It was set up like a private club, performing new works before a subscription audience. Its ...
Cabin in the Sky

Cabin in the Sky  

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Adapted from the 1940 Broadway musical, this film version was released by MGM three years later. Joseph Schrank’s screenplay is set in the deep south, with Ethel Waters recreating her ...
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera  

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(b Washington, DC, 23 Jan. 1933)US dancer, singer, and actor. She studied at the School of American Ballet and made her debut in the touring production of Call Me Madam in 1950. She appeared on ...
Christian Bérard

Christian Bérard  

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(b Paris, 20 Aug. 1902; d Paris, 13 Feb. 1949)French painter and designer. One of the co-founders of the Ballets des Champs-Elysées (with Petit and Kochno, 1945). He designed Balanchine's Cotillon ...
Dame Alicia Markova

Dame Alicia Markova  

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1910–2004)British prima ballerina, director, teacher, and co-founder of the London Festival Ballet. She was made a DBE in 1963.Born in London, Markova studied with Astafyeva, Cecchetti, Legat, and ...
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Dance attendance on do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests.dance of death a medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, ...
Dance in Musicals

Dance in Musicals  

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One of the unique aspects of the first musical, The Black Crook (1866), was its troupe of ballet dancers worked into the show to provide something in addition to melodrama ...
Goldwyn Follies

Goldwyn Follies  

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(Goldwyn/United Artists 1938). The movie is not a true Follies, being a plotted musical rather than a revue, but there are a succession of specialty spots that pad out the ...
I Married an Angel

I Married an Angel  

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Originally intended for Hollywood, this adaptation by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart of a Hungarian play by John Vaszary, changed course and flew into New York, landing at the Shubert ...
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky  

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(b Oranienbaum, 1882; d NY, 1971).Russ.‐born composer, conductor, pianist, and writer (Fr. cit. 1934, Amer. cit. 1945). Son of Fyodor Stravinsky. Went to St Petersburg Univ. 1901 to study law but ...
Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi  

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(b Los Angeles, 17 Nov. 1904; d New York, 30 Dec. 1988).American sculptor and designer, the son of a Japanese father and an American mother, both of whom were writers. He grew up in Japan and often ...
Jimmy Savo

Jimmy Savo  

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(1892?–1960).Stage and film performer. The round-faced, pint-sized comic was very popular in vaudeville and found success in Broadway musicals on occasion. Savo was born in Ferni, Italy, but grew ...
Joan McCracken

Joan McCracken  

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B. 31 December 1922, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1 November 1961, Fire Island, New York, USA. A dancer from early childhood, McCracken studied with Catherine Littlefield, joining her ...
Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker  

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1906–1975)US-born black entertainer who became a citizen of France and a French war heroine, for which she was appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.Daughter of a washerwoman of St Louis, ...
Kay Swift

Kay Swift  

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B. Kay Faulkner Swift, 19 April 1897, New York City, New York, USA, d. 28 January 1993, Southington, Connecticut, USA. A composer, lyricist and writer for Broadway, whose small but ...

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