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Strange Heroes

Deborah Jowitt

in On Stage Alone

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040257
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813040257.003.0008
Strange Heroes

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How Daniel Nagrin, a Bronx boy discovered dance and made it a manly career. During the 1940s and 1950s, when he was charting his career, the status of the male dancer in America was still shaky, despite the effort of Ted Shawn. Nagrin succeeded in portraying characters that were not abstract, but actively doing something, and that audiences could recognize as a masculine type. His heroes wore everyday clothes and moved to jazz. He appeared on Broadway as much as the concert stage. Considered a loner and maverick by his peers, he developed his choreographic persona largely on his own, his technique with the help of his wife, Helen Tamiris.

Keywords: Daniel Nagrin; male dancing; Ted Shawn; jazz; characterizations; Helen Tamiris

Chapter.  8855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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