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Dancers & Choreographers
Dancers and Choreographers
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Father of American Ballet; studied at the Imperial Ballet in Russia.
Co-Founded the NYC Ballet where he served as chief artistic director; popularized The Nutcracker at Christmastime. Married Maria Tallchief.
First Native American (Osage Tribe) Prima Ballerina of the NYC Ballet; married Balanchine.
First American to perform with the Paris Opera Ballet
Danced in the Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy) and the Firebird.
Sometimes called the mother of modern dance for her free form style; danced barefoot in Greek style costumes; known for long flowing scarves.
Born in America and moved to Russia for dance.
Terrible tragedies: children drowned, husband suicide, she died in a car accident involving scarf.
Mother of modern dance; Most important dance figure in the 20th Century; Studied under Ruth St. Dennis at the Denishawn School, later taught there.
Famous works include: "Revolt," "Appalachian Spring," and "Lamentation."
Danced into her 70's and choreographed until she died.
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom & the Kennedy Center Honors.
Founder of the Ballet Russes; art critic and lover of the arts; started a magazine called "World of Art"
Brought together many of the world's best dancers in the Ballet Russes.
Famous Russain ballet company located in Paris and traveled the world.
Russain prima ballerina of the 19th & 20th Century; attended the Imperial Ballet School before joining the Ballet Russes.
Breakthrough role: Dying Swan
First ballerina to tour the world.
Male star of the Ballet Russes; innovative choreogrpher; caused riots with The Rite of Spring.
Greatest male star of the 20th century.
Choreographed Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of the Fawn & Jeux.
Starred in Petrushka & Rite of Spring
Jazz dancer and choreographer; won an Oscar for directing Cabaret
Chicago; Pippin; Sweet Charity; Pajama Game; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Damn Yankees;
Broadway & movie star; famous partner of Ginger Rogers - danced on the ceiling in Royal Wedding.
Born Frederic Austerlitz; as a kid he danced with his sister Adele;
Films: Top Hat; Holiday Inn; That's Entertainment.
Oscar nomination for non-musical performance in The Towering Inferno.
American dancer and actress; partnered with Fred Astaire
Vaudeville dancer and broadway star from Missouri.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
Tap dance; performed in films with Shirley Temple in the 1930s. Stair Dance
Taught Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Known for performances on Broadway & Las Vegas, singer, actor, and tap dancer; "Rat Pack"
Converted to Judaism after a car accident.
Taught Gregory Hines.
African American tap dancer; friends with Sammy Davis, Jr. Won a Tony Award for Jelly's Last Jam. Starred in a biography of Bill Robinson, called Bojangles.
Taught Savion Glover.
Famous tap dancer who brought tap in-line with current trends by choreographing "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk".
Did the motion capture performances for Happy Feet. Also starred in Jelly's Last Jam with his mentor, Gregory Hines.
Athletic male dancer; star of Singin' in the Rain; danced with Jerry the cartoon mouse in Anchor's Aweigh; An American in Paris.
Choreographed West Side Story; Fiddler on the Roof; Our Town; The King and I; Gypsy
Classically trained in ballet.
Russian ballet dancer who transitioned to acting in movies and on television -- including White Nights, The Turning Point, and Sex and the City.
Performed under Balanchine at the NYC Ballet. Later, he became artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre.
Margot Fonteyn's famous dance partner, began at Kirov ballet theatre, one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century.
Director at the Paris Opera Ballet and performer at the English Royal Ballet with Fonteyn.
Prima ballerina assoluta of The English Royal Ballet; danced with Nureyev
Agnes de Mille
Brought a new and fresh spirit to the Broadway musical with her innovative choreography for Oklahoma! Went on to choreograph other notable musicals: Carousel & Brigadoon.
Choreographed Fall River Legend (about Lizzie Borden) and Rodeo.
Wrote a biography of Martha Graham.
Uncle was Cecil B. ________ -- a famous filmmaker.
Known for her more edgy, humorous style of choreography as well as her mixture of classical techniques, natural movements, and avant-garde dance. Choreographed "Movin' Out", based on the music of Billy Joel.
Founded American Dance Theater in New York City; choreographed "Revelations"; noted for his use of African elements; died of AIDS.
American actor & dancer from Texas. Learned dancer from his mother, studied ice skating, gymnastics, & classical ballet. Starred in the movie Dirty Dancing as a dance instructor. Died from Pancreatic Cancer in 2009.
Non-dance movies include: Ghost, Roadhouse, and Point Break.
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