When Pearl Primus was studying anthropology in graduate school, she had no idea that her part-time job with the National Youth Administration would lead to a spectacular career in dance. Her understudy role with the NYA dance group converted her from a co-ed to a chorine overnight. Immensely talented
Isadora Duncan liked to say she first danced in her mother's womb -- and she may have been right. Her art seems to have been fueled by a combination of instinct, intuition, and irresistible calling. Her bohemian childhood nurtured her free spirit, and she flirted with dance classes and techniques, al
When Alvin Ailey stumbled into Lester Horton's dance theater at UCLA, he abandoned his original plan to major in foreign languages. Instead, he moved to fulfill his destiny and become one of the finest, most influential, and most beloved Modern choreographers of this century. Just one year after his
Laurie Anderson trained as a violinist, art historian, sculptor, and more recently, as a poet. For those familiar with her work, the mere mention of her name is enough to start a multimedia memory extravaganza.
Anderson embraced multiple technologies before "multimedia" became an unhyphenated wor