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Carmelita Maracci -- The Legacy: Allegra Kent, Carmen de Lavallade

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The Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University

16 Cooper Square

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Carmelita Maracci -- The Legacy: An Individual Voice

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Join us for a panel discussion with Allegra Kent, Carmen de Lavallade, Naomi Sorkin and Mary Chipman moderated by Virginia Storie-Crawford celebrating Carmelita Maracci -- a groundbreaking American dancer and choreographer who created her own unique art form with ballet and Spanish dancing. This year marks the eightieth anniversary of her first appearance in NYC (1937).

"Maracci mesmerized New Yorkers with her smoldering passion and unique movement style. Here were wonderfully spiraling hands, a spine that arched proudly, and dazzling technical footwork.” -- Naomi Jackson, Converging Movements (2000)

Her contemporary, Agnes de Mille, once wrote that her “dances were the most passionate and powerfully devised solos I have ever seen.”

Maracci was also a renowned teacher of distinguished artists Jerome Robbins, Paul Godkin, Donald Saddler, Tommy Rall, Cynthia Gregory, Allegra Kent, Christine Sarry, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Janet Collins, Carmen de Lavallade, Julie Newmar, and Geraldine Chaplin.

Panelists include:
* Allegra Kent, a muse of Balanchine who danced for 30 years at New York City Ballet. She is an American ballerina known for her artistic range from the ethereal Somnambule, to the mechanical Agon, dramatic Seven Deadly Sins, and lyrical Dances at a Gathering. Currently she teaches at Barnard College and is an author of several books including her autobiography Once a Dancer.

* Carmen de Lavallade, dancer, actress, choreographer. She first danced with Lester Horton and then with Alvin Ailey in House of Flowers directed by Herbert Ross. She has had an extensive acting and dancing career on and off Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera and most recently in cities across the nation in her autobiographical portrait As I Remember It.

* Naomi Sorkin, dancer, actress, teacher. A classical, contemporary, and dramatic dancer, she was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. An expressive musical dancer, she danced in the acclaimed PBS Swan Lake Minnesota. As an actress, she performed in London’s West End and also portrayed Ida Rubenstein in the film Madame Ida.

* Mary Chipman, writer, danced with Lee Theodore's American Dance Machine. She credits Carmelita for encouraging her to educate herself, fostering critical thinking skills essential to her success in a technical career as a writer, speaker, and educator on database technologies. Mary currently lives in New York City, and her interests include Egyptology, goldsmithing, and historical research.

Reception at 6:00 pm followed by the program at 7:00 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Independently presented by former students of Carmelita Maracci. Donations are welcome. Please Register to RSVP and/or donate.

www.carmelitamaracci.com

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