Bella Lewitzky


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(b Los Angeles, 13 Jan. 1916; d San Francisco, 16 Jul. 2004)

US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She studied with Horton, and as a dancer in his company was a major influence on his evolving style, creating leading roles in his Sacre du printemps (1937) and Salome (1938). With Horton William Bowne and her husband Newell Reynolds she formed the Dance Theatre, but by 1951 left to form her own school, Dance Associates. In 1966 she founded the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company with which she not only performed but for which she created many works in a pure dance vein, including Kinaesonata (1970). As choreographer, performer, and teacher she became one of the major exponents of modern dance on the West Coast. The group disbanded in 1995 but Lewitzky remained an active force in dance.

Subjects: Dance.

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