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July 1: The comic ballet La fille mal gardée premieres at the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, France (1789). Twyla Tharp is born in Portland, Indiana (1941).
July 7: Baby Laurence, Bunny Briggs, Pete Nugent, Cholly Atkins, and Honi Coles perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in what Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History calls “a momentous day for tap dance—as it marked the beginning of the return of (black) rhythm dancers to the stage” (1962). Web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, about two groups of rival dancers, directed and produced by Jon M. Chu and choreographed by Christopher Scott and Harry Shum Jr., premieres on Hulu (2010).
July 17, 1961: Croatian-born prima ballerina Mia Slavenska, the subject of the 2014 documentary film Mia: A Dancer’s Journey, retires from the stage.
July 20, 2005: First season of So You Think You Can Dance premieres.
July 25, 1975: Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opens at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway.
July 26, 2009: Merce Cunningham dies at his home in Manhattan, age 90.
July 29: Paul Taylor is born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania (1930). Jerome Robbins dies in New York City (1988).