Her family had ties in Grand Rapids, Michigan so they moved there. Betty wanted to be a dancer at a young age so when she was eight years old, she attended the Calla Travis Dance Studio. She was so proficient at dancing, she had her own dancing school while she was still attending high school. At the age of 16, her father died from carbon monoxide poisoning; this left her mother to support the family.
There are many aspects of text structure that are incorporated in “The Osage Firebird”. These elements are what give the passage cohesiveness. The first section explores Tallchief’s early life using sequence and detail from her childhood. It expounds that her grandmother told stories about her Osage heritage talking about fire spirits and talking animals. Those are the details that give you an idea of what her childhood was like.
It was all about Clara Brown and her life. The Opera House, in the 1930s, had a chair with Clara Brown’s name on it, placed. Well-respected community members are garnered this honor. Clara was also a member of the Society of Colorado Pioneers, before her death because of her efforts in the Colorado gold rush.
Introduction – Josephine Baker “aka” Freda Josephine Mcdonald was a dancer and singer who was very popular in France during the 1920s. She also dedicated much of her life to fighting racism Introductory statement – Josephine fantasized of being one of those people on the big stage. Still in her elementary years she began dancing part-time in a chorus line. She turned sixteen and joined a traveling troupe.
Choreographer Alvin Ailey expresses the story of the labored, broken, yet courageous black woman, though lengthy arm extensions and torso contractions that are combined with his signature style of ballet, modern dance, and African technique. Alvin Ailey trained dancers have a way of dancing bigger than the audience could ever imagine by embodying the real life struggles Alvin himself witnessed This type of character outpouring births a spiritual intimacy or soul connection between dancer and choreography and finally audience and dancer. A dance genius in his own right, Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in a small town in Texas. His 17-year-old mother would soon know the struggles of being a single mother in the segregated south just months after Alvin was born.
Her love for astronomy started when her mother showed her the constellations and it only ended when Annie passes away at the age of seventy-seven. Her legacy lives on because every year the Annie Jump Cannon Award is given to a female astronomer that has distinguished herself through work in astronomy. Cannon’s legacy also continues because her spectral classification is still taught to students
On November 7, my family and I were invited to attend a quinceanera. A quinceanera is a traditional celebration of life and gratitude to the fifteenth birthday of a young Hispanic girl. It is believed that it was first celebrated by the Aztecs and Mayans and was adapted by the Spanish Catholics that conquered South America. The ancient Mexicans, or Aztecs, had many ceremonies to mark passages through the stages of life. This ritual emphasizes the young girls journey into womanhood and to announce her new social role to the entire community.
The U.S State Department backing was backing the troupe Ailey's company was the first modern dance group to visit the former Soviet Union since the 1920s. The company was asked to return to New York after a piece performed by Judith Jamison she made it one of their best known pieces. The piece was called "Cry" this was the piece that was featured on the episode "Mammy Dearest" on the show A different Word and Kim performed it after feeling offended about the image of Mammy and black women. The piece was dedicated to all black women everywhere especially our mothers, it depicts the struggles of different generations of black American Women. It begins with the unwrapping of a long white scarf during the course of the dance the dancer becomes a queen, mother, daughter, and other things.
Enduring the mess of her parent’s divorce, she finds some escape in dance, as it offers her control and power. It also introduces her to 47 year-old Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane who becomes her mentor. Over the course of three years, Mira is accepted into the School of American Ballet, run by the legendary George Balanchine, and eventually becomes one of Mr.B’s girls - a dancer of rare talent chosen for greatness.
Mary Lou Retton was born to Lois, and Ronnie Retton on January 24,1968. She was the youngest of five children, three boys, and two girls. Lois would take Mary Lou, and her sister, Shari ,to West Virginia University for gymnastics once a week. Mary Lou was first pining for Olympic Gold at age four when watching Olga Korbut during the 1972 Olympics. When Mary Lou was seven she watched Nadia Comaneci compete in the Olympics.
In the 1940s, it was unusual for a 16-year-old girl to move from her home in Hillburn, New York to New York City, where she studied ballet at the School of American Ballet on Madison Avenue, George Balanchine’s troupe. She went on to perform in a variety of shows including Ballet Ballads and Can-Can, and was associated with a group called Ernie Richman and the Mannequins. One time, Aunt Nora found herself seated next to Judy Garland, who said to Nora, “I have seen your work.”
Marie Tallchief was an indian girl from Oklahoma she had a passion of dance. She started when she was three years old. She was born in 1925 and spent some of her childhood in the Osage reservation in Oklahoma. Ballet brought her out of her shell it made her happy. She would always get bullied because her last name because she was indian.
A strong, independant woman named Minerva Mirabel from the Dominican Republic was born on March 12, 1926 in ‘El Ojo de Agua’. Minerva was a mother, a lawyer, and an activist. During her time it was very rare for a woman to be a lawyer in the Dominican republic. Many believed that if women were lawyer they were against the dictator's rule. Many were afraid of her since it meant trouble for them and their families.
In the United States, women weren’t allowed to join the military until the beginning of the twentieth century. This law, however, didn’t stop northerner Deborah Sampson. Like a modern era Mulan, Sampson dressed up as a man in the continental army during the Revolutionary War. Deborah Sampson showed perseverance, bravery, and a disregard for gender norms as she fought alongside unsuspecting men for over two years, earning herself a rightful place in the history books that has yet to be properly represented. Deborah Sampson was born into a poor family in the southeastern part of Massachusetts and worked as an indentured servant for 12 years as she grew up.