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Dance Famous People

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1. Co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet

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

3. Financed Balanchine to come to US - helped found New York City Ballet - served as general director

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

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

6. Pioneer of modern dance in Germany

7. In love with Carlotta Grisi

8. Dancing couple that portrayed the American Depression Modern Style

9. Sleeping Beauty (1912)- very expensive and unsuccessful

10. Wrote against male dancers

11. He was a 'quadruple threat' he created the choreography - the lighting - the costumes and the music all himself -Tensile Involvement

12. Named the mother of modern dance

13. Experimental filmmaker/movie director

14. Invented the structure of the classic pas de deux

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

16. Shortened skirt to show off pointe work - starred in La Sylphide

17. Launched careers of 5 great choreographers

18. D Man in the Water


20. Greatest contribution was his Kinetographic Laban (Labanotation) - a primary movement notation still used in dance today

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

22. Eccentric individualist/American choreographer -embraced experimental approaches such as silence

23. Wrote autobiography Confessions

24. Choreographed Jeux

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

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

27. First female ballet choreographer of the 20th century

28. French - Composed music for Le Train Bleu

29. Choreographed Lion King

30. Pelvic contraction and release

31. Director/founder of Ballet Russe

32. Choreographed Parade & Three-Cornered Hat

33. Brought ballet to the common person

34. Noted for his use of African elements

35. Choreographed La Sylphide

36. Starred in Prince of Whales

37. Points in Space -Composer: John Cage(partner) -Taught by Martha Graham

38. Father of classical ballet

39. Father of Russian ballet

40. United States nurse who campaigned for birth control and planned parenthood

41. African American modern Dance choreographer

42. Four Temperaments

43. Fall and recovery' technique-dancers learned to be proficient in balancing and ceding to the pull of gravity.

44. Choreographs Snowflakes Act I of the Nutracker & Swan Lake

45. Known for two ballet styles of Symphonic ballet: comedic and satirical


47. Founded American Dance Theater in New York City

48. Choreographed Broadway musicals- 'Kiss Me Kate' - 'My Fair Lady' - and 'Camelot'

49. Modern dance company that started in 1971

50. 1st principal dancer with Royal Ballet