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choreographer

Doris Humphrey, American choreographer. Recipient of Capezio Annual Dance Award, 1954. Member Dance Panel of American National Theatre and Academy for United States Information Service, since 1955. Revised dance terms Webster’s International Dictionary, 1931.

Background

Humphrey, Doris was born on October 17, 1895 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Horace B. and Julia Ellen (Wells) Humphrey.

Education

Francis W. Parker School, Chicago. Studied dance with Pavley and Oukrainsky, Josephine Hatlanek, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Delcroze School.

Career

1 son, Charles H. Teacher, regisseuse, leading dancer Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, touring United States and Orient, 1917-1928. Partner Charles Weidman, dancing studio, New York City, 1928-1945, with dancing company toured United States playing colls. universities, conducting training classes for teachers of dancing, retired from dancing, 1945. Artistic director, choreographer Jose Limon, since 1942.

Director Dance Center, Y.M. and Y.W.H.A., New York City, since 1945. Teacher Connecticut College School of the Dance, since 1947. Guggenheim fellow, 1949.

Advisor dance prodns. at Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1950-1951. Member of faculty Juilliard School Music, New York City, since 1951. Director and choreographer Juilliard Dance Theatre since 1955.

Pioneered in creation new dance technique, new method composition known as modern. Composed over 100 solos and ensemble dances in concert field. Choreographer shows and operas including School for Husbands, Run L’il Chillun, Lysistrata, Aida, Americana, Sing Out Sweet Land.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Art of Making Dances, 1959.

Membership

Member Dance Panel of American National Theatre and Academy for United States Information Service, since 1955. Revised dance terms Webster’s International Dictionary, 1931.

Connections

Married Charles F. Woodford, June 10, 1932.

father:
Horace B. Humphrey

mother:
Julia Ellen (Wells) Humphrey

spouse:
Charles F. Woodford