Gospel Choir


  • © 1936 Al Hirschfeld. Courtesy Of The Margo Feiden Galleries, New York.
Speaker: James Steichen, Lecturer, Stanford University

Topic: “Broadway does it more naturally” –On Your Toes and the Making of an American Ballet

Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 On Your Toes has long been seen as a pivotal moment in the history of “integrated” musical comedy (in particular regarding the role of dance as a vehicle of plot development), and George Balanchine’s work on the show has been regarded as the first time that dance on Broadway merited the distinction of “choreography.” Drawing on archival material made available in recent years, this talk lays out a more expansive meaning for the dances of On Your Toes, arguing that they served as a rich site of experimentation for not just Broadway form but the development of Balanchine’s uniquely American choreography. The virtuosic, comedic, and tragic dances of On Your Toes seamlessly blended Tin Pan Alley song with Gershwin’s symphonic idioms and playfully juxtaposed tap dancing and Russian ballet, acts of creative exchange underpinned by unacknowledged and problematic racial and gender dynamics. This blending provided an inadvertent blueprint for the elusive idea of “American ballet” sought by Balanchine and his patron and champion Lincoln Kirstein in Depression-Era America. For us today, the dances of On Your Toes allow us to see more clearly the popular roots of Balanchine’s neoclassical style.


  1. May 4, 2016 -
    3:30pm to 4:45pm


  • BFE and SEM union over ice cream social

Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco and Dr. Tim Cooley gave talks at the New Currents in Ethnomusicology conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) 2016 Annual Conference at the University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Arts, located in the historic dockyard, Chatham, on April 14-17, 2016.


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  1. May 4, 2016

Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco is a creative artist-scholar whose research, teaching and creative practice over the last thirty years have engaged interweaving threads of art-making, community activism, embodiment and power relations, particularly in relation to interdisciplinary arts. Her work focuses on the politics and poetics of performance, dance, theater, and music (particularly in/related to Mexico); experimental performance making; and community arts. Read more about Dr. Hellier-Tinoco's work here.

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