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THD211 - Dance Pioneers: Class Project

Providing easy access to those resources containing information on dance greats such as Twyla Tharp, Agnes De Mille, Tatsumi Hijikata, Shiamak Davar, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Asadata Dafora, Frank Hatchett, and many others.



  1. Think about how you would like to present your information in the PowerPoint. Does chronological order make the most sense? Does it make more sense to order information in a different way?
  2. Begin to put together your presentation. Refer to the rubric to make sure you are including everything.
  3. Practice, practice, practice!
  4. Be prepared to present to the whole class on Tuesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 27th. Presentations should be between 5-7 minutes in length.
  5. Upload your PowerPoint, bibliography, and any supporting documents to this assignment.

Ruth St. Denis - the trunk of the Modern Dance family tree

Buddah Stretch

Dance Pioneers

Dance Pioneers to discover. 

Martha Graham
Isadora Duncan
Merce Cunningham
Doris Humphrey
Katherine Dunham
Lester Horton
José Limón
Pina Bausch
Bill Bojangles Robinson
Gene Kelly
Alvin Ailey
Alonzo King
Arthur Mitchell
Bob Fosse
Gwen Verdon
Jack Cole
Twyla Tharp
Agnes de Mille
Tatsumi Hijikata
Frankie Manning
Shiamak Davar (less info at OWHL)
Rennie Harris
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Asadata Dafora
Buddah Stretch
Gus Giordano (less info at OWHL)
Frank Hatchett (less info at OWHL)

Frankie Manning and Norma Miller

Tatsumi Hijikata and Butoh