Jane Dudley


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(b New York, 3 Apr. 1912; d 19 Sept. 2001)

US dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director. She studied at the Wigman School (1931–5) under Holm and was a soloist with Graham's company (1936–46). In 1938 she created her signature work Harmonica Breakdown (mus. Terry and McGhee) and in 1942 she formed the Dance Trio with Sophie Maslow and William Bales, for which she choreographed several works including The Lonely Ones (1946) and with which she toured the US until 1952. With the Trio she was also a charter member of the New London Summer School of Dance (1948–52). She taught at Bennington College (1966–8) and was then artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company (1968–70). In 1970 she was appointed vice-principal and director of dance studies at London School of Contemporary Dance, where she continued to teach. She also continued to choreograph and even to perform in her eighties, creating Proverbs (mus. Klezmer, 1990).

Subjects: Dance.

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