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5 Great Choreographers and Their Hudson Valley Area Connections 

Though it lacks the renown and big lights of the city, the Hudson Valley dozens of performance venues and dance residency programs, like Kaatsbaan, that have brought big name dance companies to the region over the years. Here are five influential choreographers and their connection to the Hudson Valley.

click to enlarge Twyla Tharp - PHOTO BY KEN DUNCAN
  • Photo by Ken Duncan
  • Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp (b. 1941)

In 2016, the Emmy and Drama Desk award winner and her company were in residence at Hunter's Catskill Mountain Foundation, where they also performed.

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)

The choreographies of this pioneering mother of modern American dance are enshrined in the archives of the Isadora Duncan International Institute in High Falls.

George Balanchine (1904-1983)

A dedicated horse-racing fan, the Russian-born founder of the New York ballet George Balanchine led his company at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and in 1977 was honored with a local parade.

Ted Shawn (1891-1972)

The erstwhile husband of fellow choreographer Ruth St. Denis founded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and retreat in Beckett, Massachusetts, in 1931.

Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)

Rosendale resident Margarite Meyendorf was the teenage lover of the Soviet dance luminary. She chronicles the relationship in her 2016 autobiography DP Displaced Person.

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