José Limón was a very important figure in the development in modern dance. In 1928 he moved to NYC after studying as an art major for a year at UCLA. New York was where he saw his first dance performance which "simply and irrevocably changed my life."
Steve Paxton is a dancer and choreographer known as one of the founders of contact improvisation (a dance form in which two or more people move while remaining in constant and spontaneous contact). He has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the 'truth' of improvisation for
Yvonne Rainer is a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. She helped start the Judson Dance Theater, and was at the forefront of the postmodern dance movement in the 1960's. She is known for stripping dance of frill and narrative. The emphasis being on everyday, or pedestrian movement, i
Mia Michaels is best known for her choreography for the hit TV series, So You Think You Can Dance. She won an Emmy in 2007 for "Calling You" which appeared on the show, and was also an Emmy Nominee in 2004 and 2008. She has appeared as a judge on SYTYCD as well.