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Published: May 1, 2011
Category: history

Zeigfeld and His Follies: The producer who made the showgirl a star

By Rachel Straus

In the “Blushing Ballet” number of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916, the curtain opens on a replica of the dance tableau in Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides. Moments later, this high-art vision, saturated with old-world European sophistication, changes: Heavyset comedian Sam B. Hardy plods across the stage as the femme fatale Zoebeide []

Published: August 1, 2010
Category: history

Marian Chace

By Rachel Straus

“The body does not lie,” Martha Graham famously said. With these five words and her stage work, Graham brilliantly countered the fixed belief that the body and mind are separate entities. Inspired by this revolutionary view, Marian Chace (1896–1970), who briefly studied with Graham, began exploring the mind-body interrelationship on []

Published: August 1, 2010
Category: history

History Quiz: Marian Chace

By Rachel Straus

1. For three decades, Chace helped the mentally ill use movement to do what?

2. What famous dance company did Chace join and tour with, after spending one summer training with the group in New York City?

3. Not only was Chace one of the first dance teachers to accept black []