Lester Iradell Horton's Interest In Dance

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On January 23, 1906, Lester Iradell Horton was born to Iradell and Pollyanna Horton in Indianapolis, Indiana. Very little is known about Horton’s early life; however, it is known that his interest in dance was sparked by his fascination with American-Indian culture after watching tribal dances and the work of Japanese performer, Michio Itō. Horton began to study the Iroquois and Red River Indians, as well as the Penobscot and Ojibwe tribes. Alongside studying tribal dances, he began to train in ballet with a local teacher in Indianapolis, Theo Hewes. Nevertheless, the real story doesn’t start until the late 1920s. In the late 1920s, Horton moved to California to begin his career as a full time dancer after being impacted by a performance

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