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Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance
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Martha Hill (1900–1995) was one of the most influential figures of twentieth century American dance. Her vision and leadership helped to establish dance as a serious area of study at the university level and solidify its position as a legitimate art form. Setting Hill’s story in the context of American postwar culture and women’s changing status, this riveting biography shows us how Hill led her colleagues in the development of American contemporary dance from the Kellogg School of Physical Education to Bennington College and the American Dance Festival to the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. She created pivotal opportunities for Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Hanya Holm, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, and many others. The book provides an intimate look at the struggles and achievements of a woman dedicated to taking dance out of the college gymnasium and into the theatre, drawing on primary sources that were previously unavailable. It is lavishly illustrated with period photographs.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. PART I. BIBLE BELT TO ACADEME
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Growing Up in Ohio, 1900–1922
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Forging a Career, 1923–1928
  2. pp. 12-24
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  1. PART II. NEW DANCE
  2. pp. 25-57
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  1. Dancing with Graham, 1929–1931
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. Bennington, 1932–1933
  2. pp. 39-47
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  1. A Summer School for Dance, 1934
  2. pp. 48-57
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  1. PART III. PRIVATE LIVES AND COMMON GOALS
  2. pp. 59-94
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  1. Panorama, 1935
  2. pp. 61-76
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  1. Winter, 1936
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. Summer, 1936
  2. pp. 88-94
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  1. PART IV. THE LATE THIRTIES
  2. pp. 95-129
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  1. Immediate Tragedy, 1937
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. Culmination of a Plan, 1938
  2. pp. 107-115
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  1. California and Back, 1939–1940
  2. pp. 116-129
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  1. PART V. THE FORTIES
  2. pp. 131-176
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  1. “The War Effort Hit Us All,” 1941–1942
  2. pp. 133-145
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  1. War Years and Recovery, 1943–1947
  2. pp. 146-158
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  1. An American Dance Festival, 1948
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Changes, 1949–1950
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. PART VI. DANCE WITHIN THE CONSERVATORY
  2. pp. 177-205
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  1. Juilliard, 1951–1952
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. Marriage, 1952–1955
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Plans for Lincoln Square, 1955–1956
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. PART VII. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
  2. pp. 207-227
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  1. Time Away, 1958
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. Brussels Respite, 1959
  2. pp. 219-227
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  1. PART VIII. THE SIXTIES
  2. pp. 229-267
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  1. Students and Master Teachers, 1960–1961
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Standing Firm, 1962–1965
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. Contrasts and Conflicts, 1965–1968
  2. pp. 248-257
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  1. “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys,” 1968–1969
  2. pp. 258-267
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  1. PART IX. A PLACE FOR DANCE
  2. p. 269
  1. Juilliard at Lincoln Center, 1970–1972
  2. pp. 271-279
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  1. An Even Keel, 1973–1978
  2. pp. 280-289
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  1. Matriarch, 1979–1984
  2. pp. 290-300
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  1. Last Years, 1985–1995
  2. pp. 301-312
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Appendix: Works Produced during Martha Hill’s Tenure as Director at Bennington, Connecticut College/ADF, and Juilliard
  2. pp. 315-326
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 327-328
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 329-371
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 373-375
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 377-400
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