Dorothy Alexander


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(Dorothea Moses; born 22 April 1904 in Atlanta, Georgia, died 17 November 1986 in Atlanta), American ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher, and company director. Like Isadora Duncan, Dorothy Alexander typified the artist as visionary. Unlike Duncan, Alexander had the tenacity to realize the goals she envisioned. Her primary goal became the seed of the American regional dance movement. As a girl, she found a wasteland of training and performing opportunities in her native city, and she vowed that nobody who came after her would encounter that limitation. Although she constantly left Atlanta to study (notably in New York with Irma Duncan, Tatiana Chamié, Michel Fokine, Beaucaire Montalvo, and Yeichi Nimura; at Colorado College with Hanya Holm; at Jacob's Pillow with Bronislava Nijinska; and in London at the Royal Ballet School), she was determined to make her career in Atlanta. She did so as dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founding director of the Atlanta Ballet.


From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Dance.

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