Essay On Jerome Robbins

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Known for being an all-around theatre man and a master of the Broadway musical, Jerome Robbins was known as one of the most imaginative, influential, and popular American creators of dance in the twentieth century. Robbins, in partner with his sense of innovation, was known for his skillful use of contemporary American themes and was notably praised for structuring ballets within the traditional framework of classical dance. Born originally under the Jewish surname Rabinowitz, Jerome Wilson was born on October 11, 1918 in New York, New York.. Just a few years after his birth, the Rabinowitz family migrated to the city of Weehawken in New Jersey. The Rabinowitz family built showbusiness ties to vaudeville performers and theatre alike through The Comfort Corset Company that Jerome’s father and uncle operated. He developed an early fascination with ballet and puppetry. His original passion for the art of dance spawned from watching his sister Sonya dance. His passion grew when his high school dance teacher, Ms. Bentley, allowed him to create his own dances with absolute freedom. Studying chemistry in his first year at New York University, Robbins was forced to drop out of college due to the financial…show more content…
“For Jerry, every achievement was torturous.” says Mikhail Baryshnikov. He worked painstakingly to push the envelope of what was artistically possible in his creative medium. At the time of his death, the Jerome Robbins Foundation inherited his estate, which has helped numerous artists, organizations, and AIDS charities; also facilitating the New York Public Library to develop the world’s largest dance archive. Without a shadow of doubt that he created major impacts in the art of dance, Robbins’ most important legacy was the humanity of his art and what it created for the world, “Give me something to dance about and I’ll dance
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