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Alvin Ailey

(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989) US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in ...

Contemporary Asian American Dance

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Yutian Wong

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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Current Version:
2020

...dances with Japanese themes in order to be marketable to white American audiences. 27 Ito’s impact on American modern dance can be seen through the legacies of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and the Luigi Jazz Technique. In the early 1950s Alvin Ailey studied with Ito’s student Horton. Horton developed a training system that Ailey would adopt as a core technique of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and its associated training programs. Ito’s arm series is a foundational aspect of the Luigi Jazz Technique created by Eugene Louis Faccuito (aka...

Asian American Feminist Performance

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Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns and Mana Hayakawa

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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2020

...Camps , 108. 83. Howard, Concentration Camps , 106. 84. For further discussion on the political engagement of American modern dance choreographers of the early to mid-20th century, see Julia Foulkes, Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Ellen Graff, Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York, 1928–1942 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997); Rebekah Kowal, How to Do Things with Dance: Performing Change in Postwar America (Middletown, CT:...

Dance

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Helen MYERS

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport (3 ed.)

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2016
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...than golf or tennis, more exciting than boxing or wrestling and more beneficial than gymnastics.” First-class choreographers often began their careers as superb dancers, including Martha Graham ( 1894–1991 ), Merce Cunningham ( 1919–2009 ), Paul Taylor (b. 1930 ), Alvin Ailey ( 1931–1989 ), Twyla Tharp (b. 1942 ), and Mark Morris (b. 1956 ). Dance training today shares much in common with athletics: Repetitive training that focuses on specific muscular patterns; practice sessions that emphasize strength, coordination, and balance; and both...

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