Joan Lawson


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(b London, 1907; d 18 Feb. 2002)

British dancer, teacher, and writer. She studied with Margaret Morris and Astafieva and danced in opera, revues, and with the Nemchinova-Dolin company, going on to teach at the Royal Ballet School (1963–71). She contributed to dance magazines as well as writing several books including European Folk Dance (London, 1953), Classical Ballet, its Theory and Technique (London, 1960), and A History of Ballet and its Makers (London, 1964). In two important manuals, Teaching of Classical Ballet: Common Faults in Young Dancers (London, 1973) and Teaching Young Dancers: Muscular Coordination in Classical Ballet (New York, 1975), she outlined her anatomical approach to the teaching of ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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