This essay details the influence of Lester Horton, a promonent dancer and coreographer of the 1950s, on the cultural influence in modern dance. Horton was influenced by the work of the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts, whose traditions stressed an inherent drama and movement inspired by Native American form. Horton is notable for founding the first racially integrated dance companies in the United States, the Horton Dance Theater, and his use of stories like Oscar Wilde’s Salome and parables from the bible to make his coreography narratively focused as opposed to focusing on dance alone.
"Lester Horton: A Revolutionary,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2019
, Article 14.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2019/iss1/14