Ted Shawn

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Ted Shawn


United States

Birth - Death

1891 - 1972




Dancer and choreographer who was an early creator of the modern dance movement in the United States. Founder, Denishawn (1914-1929) and Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers companies. Founder, Jacobs Pillow, a dance retreat and festival. Also known as Edwin Myers Shawn. Was the first American man to achieve a world reputation in dance, and he conceived, choreographed and appeared in one of the first dance films, the Thomas Edison Company's Dances of the Ages (1912). Was the first American dancer to be awarded an honorary degree by an American college, and the first male dancer to be listed in 'Who's Who in America'.

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