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To Celebrate Our 90th Birthday, We Took a Trip Down Memory Lane

American Ballet Theatre dancers arrive in Washington, DC, to protest, 1973. Photo by Louis Peres, Courtesy DM Archives.

It's our 90th anniversary! To celebrate, we excavated some of our favorite hidden gems from the DM Archives—images that capture a few of the moments in time we've documented over the decades.


Ted Shawn surveys the construction of the Jacob's Pillow theater, 1942

Courtesy DM Archives

Trisha Brown (right) and company walking on the Great Wall of China

Photo by Ken Tabachnick, Courtesy DM Archives

Margot Fonteyn and impresario Sol Hurok, 1952

Courtesy DM Archives

Maria Tallchief returns from a tour with New York City Ballet, 1953

Courtesy DM Archives

Alexandra Danilova and Mikhail Baryshnikov hanging out in the studio

Photo by F. Peyer, Courtesy DM Archives

José Limón getting into makeup

Photo by Walter Reuter, Courtesy DM Archives

NYCB dancers at the Lincoln Center construction site, 1963

Courtesy DM Archives

Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann filming "Don Quixote," 1972

Photo by Terry Rowe, Courtesy DM Archives

Judith Jamison, 1985

Photo by Robert E. Dias, Courtesy DM Archives.

Eiko and Koma with Anna Halprin (center) in "Be With," 2001

Photo by Andy Mogg, Courtesy DM Archives

Breaking Stereotypes
Courtesy Chiara Valle

Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most.

Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months into her first season there, she started experiencing excruciating pain high up in her femur. "It felt like someone was stabbing me 24/7," she says. Sometimes at night, the pain got so bad that her roommates would bring her dinner to the bathtub.

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The USC Kaufman graduating class with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Gus Ruelas/USC

Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.

Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:

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The Creative Process
A Ladies of Hip-Hop battle. Photo by Loreto Jamlig, Courtesy Ladies of Hip-Hop

Michele Byrd-McPhee's uncle was a DJ for the local black radio station in Philadelphia, where she was born. As a kid she was always dancing to the latest music, including a new form of powerful poetry laid over pulsing beats that was the beginning of what we now call hip hop.

Byrd-McPhee became enamored of the form and went on to a career as a hip-hop dancer and choreographer, eventually founding the Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival and directing the New York City chapter of Everybody Dance Now!. Over the decades, she has experienced hip hop's growth from its roots in the black community into a global phenomenon—a trajectory she views with both pride and caution.

On one hand, the popularity of hip hop has "made a global impact," says Byrd-McPhee. "It's provided a voice for so many people around the world." The downside is "it's used globally in ways that the people who made the culture don't benefit from it."

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Editors’ List: The Goods
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What's better on your morning commute than listening to a podcast, you ask? We'd say, listening to a dance podcast!

Lucky for us, there are more dance podcasts than ever. We're here to provide a guide to our current top dance podcast picks.

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