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On Stage AloneSoloists and the Modern Dance Canon$
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Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040257

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040257.001.0001

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Strange Heroes

Strange Heroes

(p.163) seven Strange Heroes
On Stage Alone

Deborah Jowitt

University Press of Florida

How Daniel Nagrin, a Bronx boy discovered dance and made it a manly career. During the 1940s and 1950s, when he was charting his career, the status of the male dancer in America was still shaky, despite the effort of Ted Shawn. Nagrin succeeded in portraying characters that were not abstract, but actively doing something, and that audiences could recognize as a masculine type. His heroes wore everyday clothes and moved to jazz. He appeared on Broadway as much as the concert stage. Considered a loner and maverick by his peers, he developed his choreographic persona largely on his own, his technique with the help of his wife, Helen Tamiris.

Keywords:   Daniel Nagrin, male dancing, Ted Shawn, jazz, characterizations, Helen Tamiris

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