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Dance in Time: September
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”>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.

Quotable: Dancers on Dance

What I want to say is this, I’ve never had any theories. I don’t have any favorite kind of dancing, I don’t have any favorite subject, anything like that. As Martha Graham says, and has said often, there are two kinds of dancing: good and bad. And I subscribe to that. A good work of art is a good work of art and I don’t care if it’s made out of jackstraws, marble, or gesso. And what makes a good work of art is a very subtle subject. I’m not going into that now, that’s aesthetics. But I hate vagueness, I hate flummery. I think there is a very great deal of it and imagine there always has been. People get away with murder if they possibly can. Not artists, they don’t want to.Agnes de Mille (Particular Passions: Agnes de Mille, by Lynn Gilbert with Gaylen Moore, 1981)