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Alvin Ailey

(1931-1989)

Alvin Ailey

American Ballet Theatre

(1940- )

ABT poster, 1990

American Bandstand

(1952-1989)

American Bandstand, Showtime Archives (Toronto)/Pictoral Press

American Dance Festival

(1934- )

ADF logo

Fred Astaire

(1899-1987)

Fred Astaire, photo courtesy of NYPL

Charles "Cholly" Atkins

(1913-2003)

Cholly Atkins and Honi Coles

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Josephine Baker

(1906-1975)

Josephine Baker’s iconic banana skirt costume, which made her a sensation in Paris when she appeared at the Folies Bergère in 1926.

George Balanchine

(1904-1983)

George Balanchine, photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Balasaraswati

(1918-1984)

Balasaraswati, Photo courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Ballet Russe

(1934-1962)

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, circa 1940s

Mikhail Baryshnikov

(1948- )

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Apollo, New York City Ballet, 1978

Ann Barzel - NEW!

(1905-2007)

Ann Barzel portrait

Michael Bennett

(1943-1987)

Bennington School of Dance

(1934-1942)

Martha Graham and Company, 1941, photo by Hans Knopf

Busby Berkeley

(1895-1976)

By a Waterfall, staged by Berkeley

Adolph Bolm

(1884-1951)

Adolph Bolm, circa 1909, photograph by Maurice Goldberg

Joan Myers Brown - NEW!

(1931 - )

Joan Myers Brown

Trisha Brown

(1936-2017)

John W. Bubbles

(1902-1986)

John Bubbles in Porgy and Bess

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Irene & Vernon Castle

(1893-1969; 1887-1918)

Irene and Vernon Castle, photo by Moffett

Charleston, The

(ca. 1903)

Josephine Baker in 1926 performing the Charleston, photograph by Stanislaus Julian Waverly

 

Lucia Chase

 

(1907-1986)

Lucia Chase in Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, with American Ballet Theatre, 1940

 

Christensen Brothers

 

(ca 1902-2001)

 

Lew Christensen, photograph by George Platt Lynes

 

Clark Center for the Performing Arts - NEW!

(1959-1989)

Clark Center Program, 1960

Jack Cole

(1911-1974)

Jack Cole, Florence Lessing and cast; courtesy of NYPL

Honi Coles

(1911-1992)

Honi Coles, Photo by Kenn Duncan

Aaron Copland

(1900-1990)

Aaron Copland, photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Merce Cunningham

(1919-2009)

Merce Cunningham by John Lindquist

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Asadata Dafora

(1890-1965)

Asadata Dafora, photo by Eileen Darby

Jacques d'Amboise

(1934- )

Jacques d'Amboise in Balanchine's Apollo, by John Dominis

Dance Notation Bureau

(1940- )

excerpt from George Balanchine's Symphonie Concertante - Notation courtesy of the Dance Notation Bureau, Inc


Dance Theater Workshop

(1965-2011)

Dance Theatre

of Harlem

(1969- )

 

Alexandra Danilova

(1903-1997)

Alexandra Danilova, photo by Constantine

 

Chuck Davis

(1937- )

Chuck Davis, photo by Bruce R. Feeley

 

Carmen de Lavallade

(1931- )

Carmen de Lavallade in Ailey's Blue Suite, photo by Eric Smith

Agnes de Mille

(1903-1993)

Agnes de Mille photo by Maurice Seymour

Edwin Denby

(1903-1983)

Jane Dudley

(1912-2001)

Jane Dudley in Swing Your Lady, photo by Barbara Morgan

 

Isadora Duncan

(1877-1927)

Isadora Duncan in La Marseillaise (1916) , photo by Arnold Genthe

Katherine Dunham

(1909-2006)

Katherine Dunham in L'Ag'Ya, 1938, photo courtesy of LOC

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Eye on Dance NEW!

(1981-1992)

Kevin McKenzie and Clark Tippet are seen in a studio rehearsal, Image courtesy of Celia Ipiotis

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Garth Fagan

(1940- )

Garth Fagan portrait, by Annie Lennox

Federal Dance Project

(1936-1939)

Salut au Monde, 1937

Suzanne Farrell

(1945- )

Suzanne Farrell, photo by Martha Swope

Bob Fosse

(1927-1987)

Bob Fosse, courtesy of Library of Congress

Frederic Franklin

(1914- )

Frederic Franklin, photograph by Maurice Seymour

Loïe Fuller

(1862-1928)

Fuller, photo by B.J. Falk

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Savion Glover

(1973- )

Martha Graham

(1894-1991)

Poster by Ben Shahn, 1963

José Greco

(1918-2000)

Jose Greco, photo courtesy of New York Public Library

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Anna Halprin

(1920- )

Anna Halprin

Erick Hawkins

(1909-1994)

Erick Hawkins, 1944, photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Margaret H'Doubler

(1889-1982)

Margaret H'Doubler, photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives.

Gregory Hines

(1946-2003)

Gregory Hines, photo by Martha Swope

 

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop dancers from Rennie Harris Puremovement, Photograph courtesy of Bob Emmott

Hanya Holm

(1893-1992)

Hanya Holm, 1937, Photograph by Benedict Frenkel

Lester Horton

(1906-1953)

Lester Horton, photo by Constantine

Hula

Hula Kahiko, photo by Denis Oda

Doris Humphrey

(1885-1958)

Doris Humphrey

Sol Hurok

(1888-1974)

Sol Hurok, photo courtesy of NYPL

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Michio Ito - NEW!

(1893-1961)

Michio Ito portrait

 

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Michael Jackson

(1958-2009)

Michael Jackson

Jacob's Pillow

(1933- )

Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow, photo by Nancy Totko

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, NYPL

(1944- )

Jerome Robbins Dance Collection NYPL

 

Robert Joffrey

(1930-1988)

Jerome Robbins, photo by Erika Davidson

Bill T. Jones

(1952-)

Bill T. Jones, 1998, photo by Susan Kuklin

Master Juba

(c. 1825-1852)

Master Juba, Illustrated News, 1848

 

Judson Dance Theater

(founded 1962)

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Alonzo King - NEW!

(1952 - )

King teaching class, 1980s

 

Gene Kelly

(1912-1996)

Gene Kelly, courtesy of NYPL

 

Lincoln Kirstein

(1907-1996)

Kirstein and Balanchine,

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La Meri

(1898 - 1985)

John Lindquist, from Houghton Library

Bella Lewitzky

(1916-2004)

Bella Lewitzky, courtesy of NYPL

Eugene Loring

(1911-1982)

Eugene Loring, photo by Fritz Henle

José Limón

(1908-1972)

Jose Limon courtesy of NYPL

'Iolani Luahine

(1915-1978)

painting of 'Iolani Luahine by Shelley Grisbrook,

Lar Lubovitch - NEW!

(1943-)

Photo by John Van Lund, 1971

John Martin

(1893-1985)

Martin with Ann Hutchinson Guest and Lincoln Kirstein, photo courtesy of Dance Notation Bureau

Sophie Maslow

(1911-2006)

Sophie Maslow in Folksay (1942), photo from American Dance Festival

Matteo and

Carola Goya

(formed 1954)

Matteo and Carola Goya photo by John Lindquist

Donald McKayle

(1931- )

Donald McKayle (1963) courtesy of NYPL

Meredith Monk

(1942- )

Meredith Monk, photo by Monica Moseley

Lillian Moore

(1911-1967)

Lillian Moore, photograph by John Lindquist

Mark Morris

(1956- )

Mark Morris, photograph by Beatriz Schiller

Arthur Murray

(1895-1991)

Arthur Murray, photo courtesy of New York Public Library

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Native American Dance

Rosebud Sioux, photo courtesy of the Heard Museum

NEA Dance Program

(1965- )

New Dance Group

(1932-2009)

New Dance Group in Improvisation, 1932, photo courtesy of Library of Congress

New York City Ballet

(1948-)

Melissa Hayden and members of NYCB, photo by Martha Swope

Nicholas Brothers

(1914-2006; 1921-2000)

The Nicholas Brothers, photo by James J. Kriegsmann

Bronislava Nijinska

(1891-1972)

Bronislava Nijinska, photo courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Alwin Nikolais

(1910-1993)

1959 work Allegory, photo courtesy of New York Public Library

Isamu Noguchi - NEW!

(1904-1988)

Cave Heart (1946) Set, from Martha Graham Collection

Rudolph Nureyev

(1938-1993)

Nutcracker, The

Act I Scene I of the Nutcracker, photo by Frederick Melton

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Ruth Page

(1899-1991)

Ruth Page, photo courtesy of NYPL

 

Anna Pavlova

1881-1931

Anna Pavlova in the Dragonfly

Pilobolus - NEW!

Photo by Tim Matson, courtesy of Pilobolus Dance Theater

Eleanor Powell

(1912-1982)

Eleanor Powell, photo courtesy of NYPL

Pearl Primus

(1919-1994)

Pearl Primus in Folk Dance, 1945

 

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Jerome Robbins

(1918-1998)

Robbins on set of West Side Story, photo from United Artists

 

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

(1878-1949)

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, photo courtest of NYPL

Rockettes, The

(1932- )

Ginger Rogers - NEW!

(1911-1995)

Ginger Rogers (1936) in Follow the Fleet

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Ruth St. Denis

(1879-1968)

Ruth St. Denis, photo courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

 

San Francisco Ballet

(1933- )

SF Ballet, photo courtesy of NYPL

Savoy Ballroom

(1926-1958)

Savoy Ballroom, Bettmann/Corbis

 

Bessie Schönberg

(1906-1977)

Bessie Schönberg, photo courtesy of NYPL

School of American Ballet

(1934- )

School of American Ballet, photo courtesy of NYPL

 

Ted Shawn

(1891-1972)

Ted Shawn, photo courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Oliver Smith

(1918-1994)

 

Anna Sokolow

(1910-2000)

Anna Sokolow, courtesy of Jose Limon Foundation

Square Dance

Square dance, courtesy of NYPL

Swing Dance

Swing dance demonstration, 1943, photo by Gjon Mili

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Maria Tallchief

(1925-2013)

Maria Tallchief in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments

 

Helen Tamiris

(1903-1966)

Helen Tamiris photo by Soichi Sunami

Paul Taylor

(1930- )

Paul Taylor at Jacob's Pillow, photo by John Lindquist

 

Twyla Tharp

(1941- )

Twyla Tharp in Sue's Leg, photo by Photofest

 

Jennifer Tipton

(1937- )

Antony Tudor

(1909-1987)

Hugh Laing, Maude Lloyd, Antony Tudor, and Peggy van Praagh in Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas (1936), photo courtesy of NYPL

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Urban Bush Women - NEW!

(1984- )

Urban Bush Women

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Edward Villella

(1936- )

Edward Villella in Balanchine's "Prodigal Son" courtesy of NYPL

Charles Weidman

(1901-1975)

Charles Weidman (1931), photo courtesy of NYPL