How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical



Day course

Bridgett Vane

11 November 2021


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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 information

Bridgett Vane trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After running a dancing and theatrical retail business, she was press and marketing manager for Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. A former dance adviser to Southern Arts Association, she was a founder of Southampton Dance Circle, and assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Bridgett’s work is based on extensive up-to-the-minute research, combining her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.