The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews

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The story of this groundbreaking summer dance program is told through the voices of staff, faculty, and students. Administrative director Mary Josephine Shelly's previously unpublished writings form a key summary of eight of the nine summer sessions. The Bennington School of the Dance held classes from 1934 through 1942 at Bennington College in Vermont, with one summer spent at Mills College in California. Its effects were far-reaching in the development and dissemination of modern dance as an original American art form. The school produced unique choreographic works by teachers in residence: Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. Leading choreographers of the later 20th century such as Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais and Anna Sokolow participated at the school. The largest portion of students were high school and college level teachers who would spread modern dance across the country and abroad.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786474173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786474172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

An important contribution to the field of American modern dance.

 on January 26, 2014
By A Helpern
I actually published a review of this in the current issue of Ballet Review so I’ll repeat here that I recommend it highly. It’s the first time one can read what the founders of Bennington’s famous dance program had to say. The photographs are marvelous and there is a detailed account of who was there and when. Moreover one can learn more about the socio-economic times that surrounded Bennington and what an amazing struggle it was for the devcelopment of American modern dance.

Five Stars

 on February 13, 2016
By marniwood
Draws an excellent picture of the times and the activity during those formative years.

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