(b Chase City, Va., 20 Sept. 1911; d New York, 28 Jul. 1967)
US dancer, teacher, and dance writer. She studied with Balanchine, Vladimiroff, and Weidman. She joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the age of 16 and performed with the American Ballet (1935–8) and with many other companies, becoming the first US dancer to perform behind the Iron Curtain when she appeared in Budapest in 1948. Following her retirement in 1954 she took up teaching and was mostly associated with Joffrey's American Ballet Center (1958–67). She became one of America's leading dance historians. Author of Artists of the Dance (New York, 1938), Bournonville and Ballet Technique (with E. Bruhn, London, 1961), and Images of the Dance (New York, 1965). She was also editor of The Memoirs of Marius Petipa (London, 1958).