Michael Kidd Research Paper

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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. After graduating he toured the country and preformed with Lincoln Kirsten 's Ballet Caravan, which included the lead role in Eugene Loring 's "Billy the Kid" (1939).
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Michael created his own ballet, "On Stage," (1945) this was his first and only work for Ballet Theatre. His outstanding work landed him an opportunity with Broadway. Although he won a Tony Award for his choreography in E.Y. Harburg 's "Finians Rainbow," this was Michael 's first and only Broadway production. "I wanted a more rounded, more outgoing career than I could have with ballet."


Michael Kidd won his first Tony Awards for "Finian 's Rainbow" and went on to win four more for "Guys and Dolls" (1951), Can-Can" (1953), "Li 'l Abner" (1959) and "Destry Rides Again" (1959).

He was the first to win five Tony Awards for Best Choreography. Michaels second Tony Award, "Guy 's and Dolls" (1951) attracted the attention of movie producers and he was lured to Hollywood.

"The Band Wagon" (1953) was Michaels first film to choreograph, and was when he first started working with a number of celebrities. Kidd established movement that was attainable, satisfying and closely tied to the story and character, by using movements from everyday life. He thought that the dance should tell the story and that the movements should be over

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