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May O'Donnell

Modern Dance Pioneer

May O'Donnell( )
Author: Horosko, Marian
Foreword by: Dunning, Jennifer
Publication Date:Oct 2005
Publisher:University Press of Florida
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $21.00
Book Description:

The story of how modern dance developed in America as told by one of its premier performers, teachers, and choreographers. nbsp; May O'Donnell (1906-2004) was one of the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company's most successful soloists during its pioneer days. Because of her strong presence and equally strong technique, Graham entrusted O'Donnell to create her own roles in such notable Graham works as Appalachian Spring and Hériodiade....
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Performing Arts / Dance / Modern
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.4 Inches
Book Weight:0.58 Pounds
Author Biography
Horosko, Marian (Author)
Marian Anna Horosko was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 4, 1925. She made her debut as a dancer at the age of 12 with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She studied at the Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet. She appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of Oklahoma! and in two musical revues. She also appeared as a dancer in the 1951 movies Royal Wedding and An American in Paris. She danced with the Metropolitan Ballet from 1951 to 1954 and then for eight years with New York City Ballet.

After her performing career ended in the early 1960s, she became an author. She was an editor and writer at Dance Magazine for many years. She also wrote several books including Martha Graham: The Evolution of Her Dance Theory and Training, May O'Donnell: Modern Dance Pioneer, and The Dancer's Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know About Being a Dancer ¿ Except How to Dance written with Judith F. Kupersmith, a fellow dancer at City Ballet and psychiatrist.

She was a film curator of the Lincoln Center Dance Collection and produced and consulted on dance programs for television and radio. In the late 1960s, she traveled to Cuba to produce a documentary with National Educational Television on the ballerina Alicia Alonso. She died on September 11, 2017 at the age of 92.


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