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(orig. M. Marcellus Vittucci; b Utica, NY, 5 Feb. 1919; d Englewood, NJ, 24 March 2011)

US dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director. A leading authority on ethnic dance. He studied at Cornell University in New York, Ethnologic Dance Center, Springfield College, and with various ethnic dance specialists. From 1946 to 1950 he danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet before embarking on a career as a recitalist, and lecturer on the subject of ethnic dance. He established the Indo-American Dance Company with Carola Goya in 1967, which subsequently developed into the Indo-American Performing Arts Center of New York in 1970. After Goya's death in 1994, the renamed Foundation for Ethnic Dance lost its momentum and in 2001 was taken over by Gwendolyn Dunaif and, renamed again as Inter-Dance Foundation, moved to Brooklyn to sponsor educational and performance projects of flamenco, Korean, bharata natyam, and other ethnic forms

Subjects: Dance.

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