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Hats off to the Masters of Choreography!
One of the most memorable ballet choreographers in history, who changed the landscape of ballet forever. Balanchine was the founder, principle choreographer and ballet master of the New York City Ballet. He created more then 400 dance works including The Nutcracker, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Symphony in C, Vienna Waltzes, Apollo, Stars and Stripes and many more masterpieces.
A modern dancer turned choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ailey started his own dance company in 1958 featuring primarily African American dancers and later integrated his ensemble in 1963. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater popularized modern dance throughout the world with their international tours.
An American dancer and choreographer who is known as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance. Graham founded her own company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, in 1926. Her unique movement style widely recognized for its principle of contraction and release is now a staple of all standard modern dance.
An extraordinary performer, choreographer, teacher, director, and producer of dance: Parsons was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where he danced many roles in works such as Arden Court, Last Look, and Roses. Mr. Parsons founded The Parsons Dance Company in 1987 and created memorable works such as Caught and The Envelope
Sole Ballet Master in Chief at the New York City Ballet beginning in 1990 and Chairman of the Faculty of the School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB. Mr Martin's is also the Director of the New York Choreographic Institute. He danced under the instruction of George Balanchine for several years and danced many prestigious roles in ballet and jazz.
Known as one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century, he performed in the companies of Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and George Balanchine, and founded the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954. His most memorable works include Aureole, Runes, Dust, Airs, Esplanade and Arden Court.
One of the most innovative and influential figures in modern dance. Merce studied tap dance in his youth he was a soloist in Martha Graham's dance company as well as a student at the American School of Ballet. He founded the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in the summer of 1953. Cunningham continues to choreograph with the aid of computer software and was on the development team for the dance software called Danceforms, the software allows the user to choreograph on a computer.
An American choreographer whose work has encompassed everything from classical ballet to contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on were The King And I, The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof. He has taken home numerous awards of recognition in the dance and entertainment industry.
An extraordinary dancer and choreographer who won several Emmy and Tony awards, and currently works as a choreographer in New York City. She formed her own company, called Twyla Tharp Dance. Tharp's work includes the well known film and/or stage productions of Hair, Ragtime, Amadeus, and White Nights.