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Published: February 1, 2011
Category: history

Talley Beatty

By Rachel Straus

Defining black tradition in dance

Before there was Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Revelations (1960) and its signature solo “I Want To Be Ready,” Talley Beatty (1923–1995) broke boundaries with his first professional piece, Southern Landscape (1947). This five-section dance, inspired by Howard Fast’s Southern Reconstruction novel Freedom Road, and Beatty’s []

Published: February 1, 2011
Category: history

History Quiz: Talley Beatty

By Rachel Straus  

 

1. Who was Talley Beatty’s first dance teacher?

2. Beatty’s choreographic genius was transforming experiences of _____ _____into brilliant physical expressions of the _____ _____.

3. True or False: Beatty rejected ballet for Afro-Caribbean and modern dance.

4. What is the name of the first dance that Beatty created []

Published: September 1, 2010
Category: composition

History Quiz: Bessie Schönberg

By Rachel Straus

1. What unique ability did Bessie Schönberg possess that led her to become one of the most revered composition teacher?

2. Name some of Schönberg’s former students who went on to become groundbreaking artists.

3. Schönberg directed the nation’s first college dance department at _____ _____ _____, for nearly four decades, []