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Holm, Hanya (b. Johanna Eckert)

(1893–1992) modern dancer, choreographer; born in Worms, Germany. After studying with Mary Wigman in Dresden, she came on tour to New York in 1931, where she opened the Wigman studio, renamed the Hanya Holm Studio in 1936. Forming her own company, she performed her most famous work Trend (1937), later establishing a dance center in Colorado Springs. In the late 1940s she began choreographing on Broadway, most notably Kiss Me Kate (1948), going on to create dances for 13 musicals. She also directed and choreographed operas such as The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956). She was still teaching in her nineties.
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In 1934, she launched The Bennington School of the Dance, with a faculty that included Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Charles Weidman and Hanya Holm.
She studied modern dance in San Francisco with Veronika Pataky and in New York City with Hanya Holm.
He brought in well established choreographers Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman and Hanya Holm.
The idea of using movement and dance to access, and rejoice in, the spiritual is not new: Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Hanya Holm did it -- and so did Alvin Ailey
Well, OK, but the success of the original production owed as much to the work of ostensible heterosexuals--librettist Bella Spewack (and her husband, Sam), choreographer Hanya Holm, and stars Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison.
Wigman's dance heritage was to blossom under the direction of Hanya Holm, who was sent by Wigman to direct the Mary Wigman School in New York.
From 1934 to 1942, Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm gathered at Bennington College in Vermont during the summer to create dances and teach avid students from all over the country.
She trained in ballet and modern dance and worked with Hanya Holm.
Through Hanya Holm, a Wigman disciple, Ausdruckstanz infused American modern dance with both drama and playfulness.
Sharry Underwood danced on Broadway and the concert stage for Agnes de Mille, Charles Weidman, Michael Kidd, and Hanya Holm.
While studying psychology at City College in NYC, he took classes with Helen Tamiris, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, and Anna Sokolow, whose company he joined briefly in 1940.
In later years, Hanya Holm, Norman Walker, Paul Taylor, Carmen deLavallade, and Rebecca Wright taught at this Long Island campus.