In Memoriam: Joffrey Dancer Charlene Gehm MacDougal, 69

Former lead dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Charlene Gehm MacDougal died of ovarian cancer on January 10 at her home in New York City, age 69. Gehm illuminated the inner life of each of the varied characters in her extensive repertoire. Whether she was the gracious hostess in George Balanchine’s Cotillon, the riveting Lady Capulet […]

There Was Only One Ann Reinking

Hidden away in a vault somewhere, along with the outtakes and other leftovers from John Huston’s film of Annie is a sequence with 40 Ann Reinkings dancing behind the real one. I don’t know if the footage actually exists, or if anyone knows where it is. But when Reinking talked to an interviewer about why […]

American Spanish Dancer Luis Olivares, 96, Has Died

American Spanish dancer, choreographer and dance historian Louis Peters, aka Luis Olivares, died on December 1, at the age of 96. He was a force in Spanish dance, who for the last year had been a vital source of information and mentorship. He was a quiet gentleman who loved to converse on dance and politics […]

Dance Accompanist and Author Harriet Cavalli, 82, Has Died

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Harriet Cavalli, cherished mother to Celia and Beth Cavalli, dear grandmother to Nina Cavalli, passed away peacefully at the age of 82. In addition to her two daughters and granddaughter, Harriet is survived by her brothers Clark Weymouth Jr. and Theodore Weymouth, and nieces and nephews. Harriet Cavalli was an […]

Former Limón Star and Teacher Betty Jones, 94, Has Died

An anchor of the Humphrey-Limón legacy for more than 70 years, Betty Jones died at her home in Honolulu on November 17, 2020. She remained active well into her 90s, most recently leading a New York workshop with her husband and partner, Fritz Ludin, in October 2019. Betty May Jones was born on June 11, […]

Modern Dance Choreographer Cliff Keuter, 79, Has Died

Modern dance choreographer Cliff Keuter died peacefully at his home in Mesa, Arizona, on September 1st, 2020. He is survived by his admiring sons, theatre artists Matthew Mooney Keuter and Nathaniel Shaw, his brother Jerry Keuter, and his four grandchildren. He was 79 years old. Keuter began his life in the farming community of Nampa, […]

In Memoriam: Sally Banes, A New Kind of Dance Writer (1950-2020)

The brilliant dance writer Sally Banes, who pioneered a new way to write about dance as a social phenomenon, died on June 14, 2020 of ovarian cancer. Banes visited New York in October 1973 with a standard assignment: to write a book on modern dance for Chicago Review Press. Because of her curiosity about choreography, […]

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