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Ted Shawn: His Life, Writings, and Dances

Paul A. Scolieri


This book is the first critical biography of Ted Shawn (1891–1972), the self-proclaimed “Father of American Dance.” Based on extensive archival research, it offers an in-depth examination of Shawn’s pioneering role in the formation of Denishawn (the first American modern dance company and school), Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers (the first all-male dance company), and Jacob’s Pillow (the internationally renowned dance festival and school located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts). For many years and with great frustration, Shawn attempted to tell the story of his life’s work in terms of it ... More

Keywords: Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Denishawn, Jacob’s Pillow, modern dance, homosexuality, Martha Graham, US dance history, gay rights, choreography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199331062
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199331062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. Scolieri, author
Chair & Professor of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University