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BC: Ballet

FC: Ballet | Paula Ramos

1: TABLE OF CONTENTS | American Ballet Theater George Balanchine Dance Theater of Harlem The Joffrey Ballet Agnes De Mille Jerome Robbins | . . . . . . . . . . . . | . . . . . . . . . . . . | . . . . . . . . . . . . | . . . . . . . . . . . . | . . . . . . . . . . . .

2: DANCE | American Ballet Theater | Founded in 1937 as the Mordkin Ballet and is still a powerful ballet troupe, but now known as the American Ballet Theater | Some famous performances include Swan Lake and the Nutcracker | The style of this ballet troupe is very Americanized, as it is the American Ballet Theater | Their 1976 production of the Nutcracker was a broadcast classic

3: Ballerinas who have worked with ABT: Antony Tudor Agnes de Mille George Balanchine Léonide Massine Jerome Robbins Twyla Tharp Alvin Ailey | I believe that this company is very innovative and successful as it was one of the first companies to establish the American style of ballet and because it is still a powerful troupe. | During the Cold War, the ABT was the first American dance troupe to dance in the Soviet Union | The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School teaches style and techniques specifically used by ABT | ABT has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East | There are three levels within the company ABT's Corps de Ballet, the soloists, and the principals | ABT holds a camp yearly that helps to bring in new and talented members to the company

4: He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance | Thirty-nine of his more than 400 ballets were choreographed to music by Stravinsky | Dancers he has worked with include: Suzanne Farrell Maria Tallchie Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Vernon Duke | Some of his major works include: The Turning Point Star Spangled Rhythm The Goldwyn Follies He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' | Balanchine's style was very musically driven, he never really had a plot to his dance. His movements were also known for being quick. | In my opinion, I believe that Balanchine was very innovative. His dance pieces had no plot, and were simply musically driven, something not common in ballet.

5: George Balanchine | Born: January 22, 1904 St. Petersburg, Russia Died: April 30, 1983 New York City, USA | Was one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers | Is of Russian and Georgian descent | Co-founder and ballet master of the New York City Ballet | Died of the human form of mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease | “Dance is music made visible.” -

6: Dance Theater of Harlem | Founded in Harlem, New York City in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook | Was the first black classical ballet company | The company began as a school for 30 students in the summer of 1968

7: It's school offters a program, Dancing Through Barriers, that accepts pre-school children up to senior citizens annually | The Dance Theater of Harlem impression on society was that it was the first African American troupe to perform classical ballet. Before this company, ballerinas were all white, but this company changed everything. | In 1981, it was the first black ballet company to have a season at Covent Garden, London | In 1982 the company had its first season at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York City | Economic difficulties resulted in a strike, subsequent financial belt-tightening, and temporary shutdowns of the school and company | Dancers that the troupe have work with include: George Balanchine Jerome Robbins Mitchell | The style of the group was very elegant | I believe that this company was very influential and innovative, as it changed the way the world saw ballerinas forever.

8: Works it is known for include: Romeo & Juliet The Nutcracker | Originally a six-dancer ensemble that toured the country in a station wagon pulling a U-Haul trailer | The ensemble's first major performance occurred in Chicago in 1957 | The first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation | First to appear on American television | First to create a ballet set to rock music | The Joffrey Ballet was a company of various first and was very innovative.

9: Founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1956 by Robert Joffery | The Joffrey Ballet | Has worked with: Paul Taylor Twyla Tharp George Balanchine | From 1995 to 2004, the company was known as The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago

10: Agnes De Mille | "The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie." | Born September 18, 1905 in Harlem Died October 7, 1993 in NYC | Died of a stroke | Wrote various books | Niece of film director Cecil B. DeMille | Had a love for acting and originally wanted to be an actress

11: Her parents refused to allow her to dance because it was not a viable career option | She was told she was not pretty enough to act, so she turned to dance | Worked with such dancers as: Virginia Bosler Gemze de Lappe Lidija Franklin Jean Houloose | Worked on such pieces as: Oklahoma! Bloomer Girl Carousel Brigadoon The Girl in Pink Tights Goldilocks | In my opinion, Agnes was very creative and influential and worked on great musicals.

12: Studied at the New Dance League, learning ballet with Ella Daganova, Antony Tudor and Eugene Loring | Danced and choreographed at Camp Tamiment in the Poconos of Pennsylvania in the 1930s | Choreographed and performed in Fancy Free, a ballet about sailors on liberty | He was a soloist for ABT from 1941, through 1944 | As a ballet dancers, his major works include Helen of Troy, Romeo & Juliet, and Petrouchka | I believe that as a ballet dancer, Jerome Robbins developed his own style which eventually led to his creation of great musicals so therefore it was good that he was a ballet dancer.

13: Jerome Robbins | “We were all novices. We really were. We didn't know a goddamn thing about doing a show.” | Born: October 11, 1918 New York City Died: July 29, 1998 New York City | Worked with the American Ballet Theater | Began college studying chemistry at New York University but dropped out to pursue dance

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