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Dance Famous People

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1. Experimental filmmaker/movie director


3. Choreographed Jeux

4. Professional tennis player Who was known for using ballet skills on the court

5. Credited for innovation of expressionist dance

6. Noted for his use of African elements

7. Director/founder of Ballet Russe

8. Defected from Russia to US -Greatest danseur of the 20th century.

9. Four Temperaments

10. A pioneer of modern dance - established importance of the male dancer

11. Directed the Paris Opera until he died from AIDS 1993

12. First male dancer to make an impression in U.S.

13. First female ballet choreographer of the 20th century

14. One of the most prolific jazz composers of the 20th century

15. 1st principal dancer with Royal Ballet

16. First black man (hired by Balanchine to perform at NYCB) to break race barrier

17. Known particularly for his long associations as musical director with Denishawn and Martha Graham.

18. His theory of 'decentrailization' involved inhibiting the dancer with abstract props and costumes so that the dancer could discover themselves.

19. Launched careers of 5 great choreographers

20. Still/Here

21. Founded American Dance Theater in New York City

22. Afternoon of a Faun

23. Turned profits by slashing salaries of ballerinas so jockey club friends could have them as mistresses

24. Liked to use special effects (mirrors) and many dancers for complex kaleidoscope figures - created the 'dancing camera' effect and monorail

25. One act ballets - Narrative had adult emotions

26. Died of AIDS -created his own company

27. Choreographed Dying Swan 1905 for Anna Povlova

28. African astheic choreography

29. Known for brilliant divertissments

30. The art of making dances - 1959

31. Played Swanilda in Coppelia

32. Designed costumes and set of Afternoon of a Faune

33. French - Composed music for Le Train Bleu

34. Composer for 'The Afternoon of a Faun'

35. Choreographed Coppelia

36. Horeography didn't necessarily go with music - simply occupied at the same place and time -

37. Writer of Giselle

38. Pelvic contraction and release

39. Musician who had an impact on Modern Dance -Created choreography at Merce Cunningham's Studio

40. Performed Monkshood Farewell

41. First lady of modern dance

42. Apollo - 1928

43. Opened a Wigman school in NYC in 1931 - brought German dance to U.S. but Americanized her technique.

44. Pioneer of modern dance in Germany


46. Visual artist who did much of the scenery for Ballet Russe

47. Rite of Spring

48. Movement in hips

49. Introduced flying wires - raised the standard of pointe work

50. Developed new ways to use light and movement in her choreography