How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical


Day course

Bridgett Vane

11 June 2020


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What do On the Town, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, West Side Story, Oliver! And so many more have in common? These were choreographed by classically-trained dancers. There is no doubt that America led the way in developing the musical; however in the early days banal dance numbers were often inserted just to give the singers a rest, with no thought to how to use the dancers creatively. This all changed when classically-trained choreographers created numbers which progressed the story and fleshed out the characters. Step up George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins and Onna White. We will look at the legacy of their work, set against their fascinating life stories, with excerpts from the films that look as fresh and exciting as when theu were first choreographed.

Tutor: Bridgett Vane
Thursday 11 June

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Diane Janes is an award-winning author, who has written five highly regarded crime novels and four respected factual books on real life historical murders. She is regularly invited to lecture on crime and social history to a wide variety of audiences, in locations as diverse as cruise ships and village halls, and her first work of non-fiction, Edwardian Murder: Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery is now referenced in academic text books on the history of policing. She has personally researched each of the cases chosen for the Dillington jury’s consideration.

Her published work includes the novels:
The Magic Chair Murder
The Poisoned Chalice Murder
Stick or Twist
Swimming in the Shadows
Why Don’t You Come For Me?
The Pull of the Moon

Death at Wolf’s Nick
The Case of the Poisoned Partridge
Poisonous Lies – The Croydon Arsenic Mystery
Edwardian Murder – Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery