(b Louisville, Ky., 2 Jun. 1893; d Saratoga Springs, NY, 19 May 1985)
US ballet critic and dance writer. He was a pioneer in the field of dance criticism in America, the first dance critic to be appointed by a major newspaper, in his case the New York Times. From that position, which he held from 1927 to 1962, he became one of the most influential champions of modern dance in America. His books include The Modern Dance (New York, 1933), Introduction to the Dance (New York, 1939), The Dance (New York, 1945) and World Book of Modern Ballet (New York, 1952).