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Magazine article Dance Teacher

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Queen of the Hill

As a Juilliard graduate, I applaud your wonderful article, "The Rhodes to Success" (DT December 2005) on Juilliard's Dance Division and Director Lawrence Rhodes, an extraordinary leader in the dance community who is leading the Dance Division to new heights.

However, I would like to set the record straight about Martha Hill, the founding director of Juilliard's Dance Division, who is the subject of my doctoral dissertation. From my research, it's clear that she did much more than contribute to the development of the dance programs at Bennington College, New York University and the School of the Dance at Connecticut College. She built these programs, designing curriculum, bringing in illustrious guest artists and more. Only at Connecticut College did she have a co-director. Hill also had the idea for and was one of the first co-directors of Bennington School of the Dance, a groundbreaking summer festival that the American Dance Festival considers to be its forbear. Hill and Margaret H'Doubler, between the two of them, designed the original models for dance in higher education. They had conflicting ideas, but having something to fight against, perhaps, made their separate programs even stronger.

Elizabeth McPherson

PhD candidate, New York University

via e-mail

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