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September 1, 1910: Dame Peggy van Praagh, the founding artistic director of The Australian Ballet, is born in London.
September 4: “La Argentina,” originator of the neoclassical style of Spanish dance, is born as Antonia Mercé y Luque, in Buenos Aires (1890). Mitzi Gaynor is born as Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber, in Chicago (1931).
September 10, 1982: Misty Copeland is born in Kansas City, Missouri.
September 12, 1951: Bella Lewitzky is summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee to testify about alleged communism in the Hollywood motion-picture industry. Refusing to name names, she later tells reporters, “I’m a dancer, not a singer.” (For more details, see the answer to question 4 of our dancestudiolife.com/august-2015-dance-hq/”>August Dance History Quiz.)
September 14, 1927: Isadora Duncan dies in Nice, France.
September 16, 1988: Last performance together of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, in Francine Lancelot’s Baroque Pas de Trois. (Carla Fracci is the third dancer.)
September 18, 1905: Agnes de Mille is born in New York City.
September 23, 1987: Bob Fosse dies in Washington, DC.
September 29, 2000: The dance drama film Billy Elliot premieres.