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Dance

Anna Sokolow

Anna Sokolow was a dancer and choreographer of uncompromising integrity. Believing strongly that dance could be more than mere entertainment, she explored the most pressing issues of her day—from the Great Depression, to the Holocaust, to the alienated youth of the 1960s—and challenged her audiences to think deeply about themselves and their society.

Radical dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuts on Broadway

November 14, 1937

Modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuted on Broadway.

Birth of dance scholar Selma Jeanne Cohen

September 18, 1920

Selma Jeanne Cohen, who sought to make dance scholarship a respected academic discipline, was born.

Premiere of Sophie Maslow's "The Village I Knew"

August 18, 1950

"The Village I Knew," choreographed by Sophie Maslow, was first performed.

Selma Jeanne Cohen's "Encyclopedia of Dance"

July 26, 1998

The International Encyclopedia of Dance, edited by dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen, was reviewed in the New York Times.

Liz Lerman dance celebrates Statue of Liberty centennial

July 11, 1986

"Still Crossing," a dance choreographed by Liz Lerman, was performed in Manhattan's Battery Park as part of the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Anna Halprin receives lifetime achievement award in modern dance

June 23, 1997

Anna Halprin was awarded the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in modern dance.

Estelle Joan Sommers takes over Capezio

June 1, 1964

Estelle Joan Sommers, dancewear manufacturer and philanthropist, made headlines when she took over her husband's Capezio shop.

Birth of choreographer Pearl Lang

May 29, 1921

Birth of influential dancer and choreographer Pearl Lang.

Dancer Nora Kaye performs the role of Hagar in "Pillar of Fire"

April 8, 1942

Nora Kaye's performance as Hagar, in the world premiere of "Pillar of Fire" at the Ballet Theatre, established her as one of the world's prima ballerinas.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Dance." (Viewed on December 18, 2018) <https://jwa.org/topics/dance>.

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