January 2016 | Bulletin Board

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Dance in Time: January

January 5, 1931: Alvin Ailey is born in Rogers, Texas.

January 6, 1993: Rudolf Nureyev dies in Levallois-Perret, France.

January 9, 1972: Ted Shawn dies in Orlando, Florida.

January 20, 1879: Ruth St. Denis is born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1914, St. Denis and Ted Shawn married. The following year they founded the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts, a dance school and company in Los Angeles, where their students included Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey.

January 21, 1976: Great Performances: Dance in America premieres on PBS with the episode “City Center Joffrey Ballet.”

January 22, 1904: George Balanchine is born in St. Petersburg, Russia.

January 24, 1925: Maria Tallchief is born in Fairfax, Oklahoma. In 1946, Tallchief and Balanchine married. Balanchine created many roles for Tallchief, including the Sugar Plum Fairy in his Nutcracker and the Swan Queen in his Swan Lake.

January 27, 1948: Mikhail Baryshnikov is born in Riga, Latvia.

January 30, 1936: The Nicholas Brothers make their Broadway debut in Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, performing alongside Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Eve Arden, and Josephine Baker.


Quotable: Dancers on Dance

I serve a mute art and seek the full range of expression through step patterns, the unfolding of movement, and the use of mime. My surest vocabulary proceeds through . . . the lines of my body, and the expression on my face. I like and am accustomed to making myself understood in silence . . . . I really believe that as a result of asking nothing from words in the practice of my art, I have learned to live at a certain distance from them.La Argentina (stage name of Antonia Mercé, the early-20th-century pioneer of neoclassical Spanish dance)
(from Toi Qui Dansais, Argentina, by Susanne de Soye, 1993)