In 1960, Vivian took Debbie and her siblings to live with her in Mexico. After almost two years in Mexico, the Allen family returned to Texas, where the twelve year old Debbie auditioned for the Houston Ballet School. Debbie’s performance was good enough for admission, however the school denied her entry based on the color of her skin. Fortunately, a year later, a Russian instructor at the school who saw Debbie perform and secretly enrolled the aspiring dancer. When the admissions department discovered what had happened, they were going kick her out but they were so impressed with her skills that they let Allen stay in the program.
Cunningham moved away from modern dance so completely that a new term had to be discovered, and so began postmodern dance. (Perron, 2009) Born 1919 in Centralia, Washington, his father a lawyer and mother a housewife who was a fiercely independent spirit and traveled around the world. Cunningham went to the Cornish school to become an actor and joined a dance group on campus; this is where he met his future work partner John Cage. After attending a dance workshop he met Martha Graham, who invited him to New York to join her company, from which he performed in many of her works. In 1953 he traveled with John Cage to Black Mountain Collage where they founded the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, as a platform to explore ideas.
In 1974, made the great decision of leaving the Soviet Union in search of the promise of freedom and change in the west. His debut at the American Ballet Theater featured Giselle. It was a great and defining moment that saw him dance with Natalia Makarova. He also defined his talent by staging ABT performances of the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Don Quixote. In 1978, he forged a working alliance with Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, which saw him move from ABT to New York City
Fillipo Taglioni was born in Milan, Italy. At 17 years old he made his debut in Pisa. He then went on to perform in Livorno, Florence, and Paris. Fillipo became a dancer with the Paris Opera and later in his career he accepted an offer to become a principle dancer and Ballet Master with the Royal Swedish Ballet, in Stockholm. Taglioni Married Sophie Stebnowska, who was also a dancer.
Bob Fosse was the Director/choreographer who not only brought to Cabaret an interesting background and storyline, but folded the big musical numbers into the Kit Kat Club’s performances to better illustrate and emphasize the plot. John Kander was the music composer and Fred Ebb wrote the lyrics for both this movie and the 1966 Broadway Musical stage play. They wrote several new songs just for the film version. John van Burek was the playwright who adapted Joe Masteroff’s, 1966 book, Cabaret, for the stage. The film portrays the life of an American singer, Sally Bowles, who sings at the Kit-Kat Club in 1930s Berlin where she falls in love with bi-sexual Brian Roberts, a naïve Englishman who has just arrived in Berlin.
Parks “was then elected the first secretary of the state conference” (Theoharis 27). This later allowed her to travel up to a two week workshop at the Highlander Folk School and help her refresh and see how the rest of the world treats African Americans. From returning from the workshop Mrs. Parks would perform the act that made her famous today. It has been told in a verity of ways by different authors but I think Jeanne Theoharis explains it very well.
In 1875, her family moved to Boston, where they were advised to enter her into a European conservatory. Her parents opted for local training. Amy was 4 when she composed her first piano pieces while spending the summer with her grandfather in West Henniker. All four pieces were composed in her head and away from the piano, a practice she continued throughout her life. At age fourteen, Amy received her only formal training in composition with Junius W. Hill, with whom she studied harmony and counterpoint for a year.
Johnson took many dance classes, which inspired her love of costumes. Johnson's fashion career started after she entered and won the Mademoiselle Guest Editor Contest. Within a year, she was the in-house designer for Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia. Johnson became part of both the ‘youthquake’ fashion movement and Andy Warhol's underground scene. In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunky Nini on New York's Upper East Side.
The Stax Records Story BY:Jeremy Skeen The Stax Records Story BY:Jeremy Skeen The Impact of Stax Records on Music History is monumental and will always be remembered for many generations to come. In 1957, a brother and sister started a small record label called "Satellite " in Brunswick, Tennessee. Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton had a dream of putting out records and recording artists of all types no matter the race. They both took out loans and mortgage, and quit their jobs, too make this dream they had as youth come true. During the spring months of 1959, Stewart recorded and produced his first black group, the Veltones.
In 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue, a disco outfit that had the hit “Born to Be Alive.” She traveled to Paris with Hernandez; it was there that she met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club, a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but she soon became the lead singer. In 1980, she left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray. Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some dance/disco-oriented tracks.