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Description - Christensen Brothers by Debra Hickenlooper Sowell

With members of four generations involved in music and dancing, the Christensen brothers are considered the United States' closest equivalent to the European tradition of dance dynasties. Their story sheds light on the history of ballet in the 20th century, both through their accomplishments as dancers, teachers and company directors, and through their associations with movers and shakers of the dance world such as Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine, Sol Hurok and the Ford Foundation's W. McNeil Lowry. This triple biography encompasses the brothers' Mormon pioneer heritage, the circumstances that led them to enter vaudeville with a ballet act, and the rise and fall, especially in the American West, of companies with which they were associated for nearly six decades.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789057550294
ISBN-10: 9057550296
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 604
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Debra Hickenlooper Sowell

Debra Hickenlooper Sowell has a Ph. D in Performance Studies from New York University. She teaches at Brigham Young University and is an authority on dance among the Mormons. A formner member of the Cambridge Court Dancers, she has interests that extend to Renaissance court performances and to the romantic ballet in Italy. In 1992she received the John M. Ward Fellowship at the Harvard Theatre Collection. She has served on the board of directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars.