Betty Marie, born on 1925, growing up in Oklahoma. When Betty was a little child she would listen to her grandmother stories. Are grandmother would tell her the stories about fire spirits and animals. So Betty wanted to get out of her shell and do something different. She wanted to do ballet and loved it.
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd was born in Brooklyn, New York City in 1915. He was born from immigrant parents from Russia. Michael Kidd graduated from New Utrecht High School and first became interested in dance when he attended a performance while in High School. He went on to attend the City College of New York where he studied Chemical Engineering. http://www.tocci.com/2012/04/photoblog-the-city-college-of-new-york-via-scup/ He decided to leave for the School of American Ballet when he was offered a scholarship.
While she, her brother Fritz, and their mother are in the East, their father and other brother are in the West. Four years later, on her way home from school, Gerta, who is now twelve, spots someone familiar from a viewing tower in the West. It was her brother, Dominic. The next day on her way to school, she sees Dominic again, only he was with her father. Once it was distinct he had her full attention, he proceeded to do a dance he used to do for her before she went to bed.
The Kiwanis Hi-Liters is a group of eighteen or so young performers between 7 and 18 who travelled to local convalescent homes and nursing homes each week from September to May in an effort to bring some joy to the elderly. Throughout these two-hour shows, there were performances from singers, musicians, clowns, and magicians. When I first started as the backstage manager my role was to ensure the audio technicians had the proper music for each performance prior to the start of the show, organizing the performers before their numbers and relaying pertinent information to the directors regarding any changes that needed to be made to the line-up because of unforeseen complications whether that was the performer was no longer available to do their
José Limón was a modern dance pioneer. He was born on January 12, 1908 in Culiacán, Mexico. José Limón went and graduated high school at Los Angeles Lincoln High School in 1926. He continued to college and enrolled at the University Of California, Los Angeles, where he began to study art. Two years later he left the program and moved to New York.
Amy has always been encompassed in music, surrounded by uncles on her mother’s side that were jazz musicians, her father, a former singer, and her grandmother was once in a relationship with Ronnie Scott, a jazz musician. By the time Winehouse was 12, she was enrolled in the esteemed Sylvia Young Theatre School, where a fellow classmate passed along a tape of her singing to his music label, which eventually led to Winehouse getting signed to Island/Universal. That same year, “Winehouse was expelled for ‘not applying herself’ and piercing her nose”(Biography.com 1). Winehouse’s professional career began when she released her first album, “Frank”, in 2003. For this, “the album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as two BRIT awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act.
Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. He moved with his parent to Missouri in 1927. As a teenager Charles discovered his musical talent through public school. He began playing the saxophone when he was thirteen, quitting school when he was fifteen to become a full time musician with the alto saxophone. During the years 1935-1939, Charles played in many nightclubs with other local jazz and blue bands touring Chicago and New York (Charlie Parker Biography).
A memorial day for me was one Friday night at a dance at Flandreau Indian Boarding School in South Dakota. I went to this Boarding School, not knowing what to expect. My father had gone to this same Boarding School many years before I had. He graduated from there and I was hoping to do the same. Me and my very good friend of mine, we had the crazy idea to go to the school together to escape the realities of our home town.
The young pianist and leader of his own jazz band moved to Los Angeles in 1948, and started experimenting with arranging tunes, showing his beginnings in composing music. At age 15, Williams determined he was going to become a concert pianist and at age 19, he premiered his first original composition. John’s high school education took place in North Hollywood High School, where he graduated in 1950, and later he attended both UCLA and the Los Angeles City College to study orchestration under MGM musical associate Robert Van Eps. To keep his musical spirit alive, Williams began getting privately tutored by composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, until conducting for the first time during three years with the U.S. Air Force. After John Williams’s service, he attended Julliard in New York, where renowned piano pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne helped Williams hone his performance skills.
The California gold rush was something that got our country’s back then. In 1848, James Marshall had discovered gold in California right along the American River. Once people found out about it, they started moving to California in hopes of finding gold as well. I was one of those people who decided to venture there hoping against all doubt and be one of the lucky few to find any. It took me a few months to save up money to go on the trip to California but once I did, I began my journey.
Pohl taught her interpretive dance. By the time she was fifteen, her teachers had taught her everything, so they sent her off to one of the first Off-Broadway theaters. Sokolow attended the Henry Street Settle House, which was the original Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1928, she was given a full scholarship to dance in the special classes of the Junior Festivals Players. Some of her teachers were Martha Graham, Louis Horst, Michio, Ito, and Benjamin Zamach.
The first two that I mentioned, Balanchine and Kirstein were the founders of the New York City Ballet. George Balanchine was originally born in St. Petersburg, Russia and was invited by the young American patron and support of the formation of a new American dance academy of ballet was Lincoln Kirstein. Mr. Balanchine was one of the last great choreographers under Sergei Diaghilev in the Ballet Russes. He suffered a knee injury In 1934 at the age of 29. Lincoln Kirstein sent for him and he came to America and they opened a school called the School of American Ballet in New York City.
Misty Copeland Misty Copeland was the first African American to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She had a rough childhood, but her story shows how having patience and being a hardworking person pays off in the end. Even though her youth wasn’t great, she pursued her dream of having a career in professional dance and continues to make headlines wherever she goes. Misty Copeland was born to Sylvia DelaCerna and Doug Copeland in Kansas City, Missouri on September 10, 1982. Her siblings are Erica, Christopher, and Douglas Jr. Copeland.