Americans have been drawn into countless murder trials long before Hollywood made its claim to fame. Perhaps one of the most publicized trials was that of Lizzie Borden, a 32-year-old woman convicted of brutally murdering her parents, a trial so notorious that it inspired a ballet.Read more
Enrico Cecchetti was involved in the dance world from the time of his birth to the final moments before his death — literally. Cecchetti was born in the dressing room of a theater and died from a heart attack while teaching a ballet class.Read more
Although many people would consider themselves avid supporters of the arts, very few would go as far as hiking the Appalachian Trail to fund arts education programs.Read more
“It’s amazing what goes into making something effortless,” an old advertisement reads for Gaynor Minden, a pointe shoe and dance apparel company.Read more
Marilyn Marloff is no stranger to Chautauqua Institution, having spent many summers studying dance under the instruction of Chautauqua Dance artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.
However, today is a first for the associate professor and chief adviser for the dance program at Old Dominion University. Marloff will present “The Art of Tap Dancing,” her first lecture on the Institution grounds, at 3:30 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.
The program kicks off the 2013 season for Chautauqua Dance Circle, a community group that supports the work of the Institution’s summer dance program through public programming and scholarships for talented young dancers from across the nation.Read more
Though many came before her, Martha Graham is credited as the mother of modern dance.
Graham’s staggering influence has made her perhaps the most significant dancer in the 20th century, and Chautauqua Dance Circle’s co-founding president Bonnie Crosby trained at her school of contemporary dance in the 1960s.
With that in mind, Crosby wanted to share the film “Martha Graham: A Dancer’s World” at the final CDC program at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.Read more
Returning to the subject of his Week Two lecture for the Chautauqua Dance Circle, Chautauquan Steve Crosby will again share stories of award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, otherwise known as the “demon master of ballet and Broadway,” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.
The American choreographer of shows including On the Town, West Side Story, The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof was infamously disliked by many of the dancers he worked with, said Crosby, who also serves as CDC treasurer.Read more