Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dance Original Passes On

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dance Original Passes On

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As a young man in the 1930s, Barton Mumaw worked with Ted Shawn and his Men Dancers to eradicate the stereotype that male dancers were effeminate. He went on to choreograph and teach as well as dance during a long and successful career, and his loss was clearly felt when he died on June 18 in Clearwater, Florida, at age 88.

Mumaw grew up in Florida and joined Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in their company, Denishawn, in 1931. He then moved to Becket, Massachusetts, where he became a principal dancer with Shawn's Men Dancers through 1940 at what is now the renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where he later choreographed his own work. He also enlisted as an "entertainment specialist" during World War II and performed widely on Broadway and in touring companies. Mumaw gave his last performance at Jacob's Pillow in 1981 but continued as a teacher there until 1998 and participated in a PillowTalk discussion on his book Barton Mumaw, Dancer: From Denishawn to Jacob's Pillow and Beyond during the 2000 season. …

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