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Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet

Toba Singer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044026
eISBN:
9780813046259
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044026.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

The Cuban names we know best are Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and the exquisite ballet star, Alicia Alonso. Yet there is another Cuban whose fascinating story has until now been circulated exclusively ... More


Bringing an American Report Card to Russia: American Ballet Theatre’s 1960 Tour of the Soviet Union

Anne Searcy

in Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190945107
eISBN:
9780190945138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190945107.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

Chapter 2 analyzes American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT’s) often-overlooked 1960 tour of the Soviet Union. The tour took place under highly fraught circumstances. Ballet was considered a uniquely Russian ... More


Damara Bennett

Dean Speer

in On Technique

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034386
eISBN:
9780813046280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034386.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter describes the career and teaching philosophy of Damara Bennett, Director of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Bennett, who was formerly with San Francisco Ballet, defines technique as ... More


Danse d'École: A Historical Synopsis of Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

in Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034591
eISBN:
9780813046297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034591.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter traces the historical development of ballet pedagogy, covering ballet in Russia, the Italian influence, ballet in the Soviet Union, the Royal Academy of Dancing, August Bournonville, ... More


Youthful Celebrity and Personal Freedom: Breaking Out with Fancy Free

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

Debuted by Ballet Theatre in 1944, Fancy Free represented the first major success for its composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins. Inspired by The Fleet’s In, a controversial ... More


Roni Mahler

Dean Speer

in On Technique

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034386
eISBN:
9780813046280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034386.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter describes the career and teaching philosophy of Roni Mahler, who has been a principal with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., and a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre. She is ... More


Desegregating Broadway: On the Town and Race

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

The cast of the original production of On the Town included six African Americans (four dancers and two singers). This chapter uses On the Town as a lens to explore the struggle for racial equality ... More


Nostalgic Revisionists: Stefano Mascagno and Mikhail Mordkin

Jessica Zeller

in Shapes of American Ballet: Teachers and Training before Balanchine

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190296681
eISBN:
9780190296728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190296681.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter looks at the teaching of Stefano Mascagno and Mikhail Mordkin. Mascagno, an Italian from the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, wrote a dance manual and established his own studio in New York ... More


Donald Saddler

Toba Singer

in Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044026
eISBN:
9780813046259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044026.003.0034
Subject:
Music, Dance

Among the first dancers Fernando Alonso befriended in New York, Saddler was close to both Alicia and Fernando and danced with them on Broadway, as well as at Ballet Theatre. He offers his ... More


“Her ballet, Barn Dance, was the first truly American balletic composition that we have ever seen.”: Walter Terry

Sharon Skeel

in Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Dance

Catherine dismisses agent Arnold Meckel because she anticipates many prestigious engagements in light of her company’s European triumphs. Although these engagements fail to materialize, she secures ... More


Cynthia Harvey

Dean Speer

in On Technique

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034386
eISBN:
9780813046280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034386.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter describes the career and teaching philosophy of Cynthia Harvey, who has been a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet in London. Harvey currently teaches ... More


Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange

Anne Searcy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190945107
eISBN:
9780190945138
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190945107.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

During the Cold War, the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union developed cultural exchange programs, in which they sent performing artists abroad in order to generate goodwill for ... More


Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Sharon Skeel

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

Born in Philadelphia in 1905, Catherine Littlefield first learns dancing from her mother, Caroline (called Mommie), who was an expert pianist, and from a local dancing master, C. Ellwood Carpenter. ... More


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