Gene Kelly changed the way dance was perceived on film and made his athletic style a staple of American dance. Learn about this legendary dancer, choreographer, and actor’s life and legacy in this brief biography.
History of Dance
From Ballet to Broadway, master classes to movie screens, Matt Mattox left his mark in every aspect of the dance world. In the process, he helped create vocabulary, customs and a style still found in many jazz classes and choreographic works today.
25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT’s first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first “brown girl” to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.
The man remembered as the “Godfather of American Jazz Dancing” could check numerous titles off his list of accomplishments, including dancer, choreographer, master teacher, company founder, author, and, ultimately, the person who led jazz to become a recognized and respected art form.
Think you know everything there is to know about Frank Hatchett? Think again. From dancer to teacher, choreographer to mentor, this jazz dance legend left an impact that will not be forgotten.
Labeled as “the father of American jazz dancing,” Luigi left behind a technique that took the dance world by storm and a story that is sure to inspire dancers everywhere.