Jonette Lancos is Professor of Dance at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She graduated from Boston Conservatory, B.F.A. (Dance and Drama), and State University of New York at Brockport, M.A. (Dance Research), M.F.A. (Choreography and Performance). She is a national and international teacher and choreographer, receiving reviews in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. Professor Lancos has presented research at the International Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, National Dance Education Organization, and International Conference on Literature and Visual Arts, and was also the 2005 recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Women’s Educator’s Achievement Award. 2007 0-7734-5463-2
Charles Weidman (1901-1975), a distinguished dancer and choreographer, is recognized as an originator of twentieth-century American dance. This study traces Weidman’s life from his early years in the Midwest, including his training at the Denishawn School, his friendship with Martha Graham and José Limón, his partnership with Doris Humphrey and Pauline Lawrence, in establishing their Humphrey-Weidman School and Company, to the formation of the Expression of Two Arts Theatre with visual artist Mikhail Santaro. This work examines Weidman’s concert works, Broadway shows, and opera productions, where his modern dance ideas revitalized these theatrical forms. Weidman’s training system is analyzed by stressing its lineage, his men’s group, rebound principle, floor work, use of drums and rhythm, and his kinetic pantomime
. The study follows global influences on early modern dance, of which Weidman was a part, and which were motivating factors in his artistic development. This work investigates how Weidman’s aesthetic values are related to modernism; his interest in preserving his works for future generations; it also contains recollections from dancers who have performed with Weidman. Now, thirty years after his death, evidence is beginning to shed new light on Charles Weidman’s enormous influence upon and legacy for modern American dance. This book contains 39 photos.