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Bennington School of the Dance


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One of the major platforms for modern dance in the US during the 1930s. The summer dance courses, that were held between 1934 and 1942 at the Bennington College and Undergraduate Liberal Arts College for Women in Vermont, made a tradition of presenting works by leading choreographers including Graham, Humphrey, Holm, and Weidman. Among the works premiered there were Graham's El Penitente and Letter to the World, Humphrey's New Dance, With My Red Fires, and Passacaglia in C minor, and Holm's Trend. Younger choreographers such as Cunningham, Hawkins, and Limón also benefited from the Bennington platform. The college, which changed its name to Bennington School of the Arts in 1940, was the first to offer a degree in dance.

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