New Dance Group
A company and school founded in 1932 in New York City by six students from the Wigman School who wanted to make ‘dance a viable weapon for the struggles of the working class’. It offered classes at reduced fees in an effort to spread the cause of modern dance throughout the US. By the late 1930s associated schools had been opened in several cities. Its performing group became part of the Workers Dance League (later the New Dance League) which was actively involved in left-wing politics. Choreographers involved with the company included Sophie Maslow, Jean Erdman, Charles Weidman, José Limón, William Bales, Donald McKayle, and Talley Beatty. The Dudley–Maslow–Bales trio helped to make the New Dance Group known across America. Jane Dudley was the organization's first president, remaining in the post until the mid-1960s. Its activities then declined and the New Dance Group operating today is a different, educational body.