For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tara McBride
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS & JEROME ROBBINS FOUNDATION SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF ANTONY
TUDOR DANCE STUDIES CURRICULUM
University Dance Curriculum Dedicated to One Choreographer a Ground-Breaking Endeavor
April 30, 2012 - USA -- The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust (www.antonytudor.org) announces receipt of a $15,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts and $5,000 from the Jerome
Robbins Foundation to support the development of the Antony Tudor Dance Studies Curriculum for university dance
programs. CORPS de Ballet and the Cornelius N. Bliss Memorial Fund have also funded this endeavor to ensure Tudor's
teachings are never lost, and future dance artists continue to develop as exemplary performers and choreographers.
Antony Tudor's classes at The Juilliard School and around the world were famously regarded and focused intensely
on character development, the exploration of choreography, musical experimentation, and technical challenges. His
teachings and choreography influenced countless directors and choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Pina Bausch,
Jiri Kylian, and Eliot Feld to name just a few.
"Engaging the student-dancer on a level where significant learning takes place is the most effective means
for preserving Tudor's work. A fully developed "Antony Tudor Curriculum" will best serve to assist dance
teachers and students in the interpretation, presentation, and performance of Antony Tudor's choreography."
noted Sally Brayley Bliss, Trustee of The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. "Exposure to Tudor's work and creative
process will prove an invaluable inspiration to present and future performers, choreographers, and educators. It
is vitally important this be done now while those who worked directly with Antony Tudor are here and ready to share
The Trust's Curriculum Committee has outlined a "themed" approach to lesson plans exploring Tudor's:
class combinations; approach to choreographic composition; unique use of gesture and movement; application of choreographic
phrases in partnering, pointe and men's classes; and unique musicality. Lesson Plans will include a richly embedded
PowerPoint presentation teeming with still images and performance video, studio demonstrations by Tudor experts
with professional dancers; corresponding talking points for each "slide" with cited, published references;
a teaching guide including the historical significance and practical application of the information; suggested
studio exercises and written assignments; a resource guide for supplemental reading, films, piano scores or musical
references; and, assessment guidelines and tools.
Initial funding is projected to allow the completion of Lesson Plan 1, "The Life & Work of Antony Tudor"
and the filming necessary for the "themed" Lesson Plans 2-6, noted above. The Trust will use revenues
from the first lesson plan and continue to seek individual contributions and foundation support to complete the
curriculum soon thereafter.
For additional information, please contact: Tara Moira McBride at email@example.com, or call (631) 877-9219.
About the NEA:
The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts - both new and established
- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965
as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of
the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more
information, please visit www.arts.gov.
About the Jerome Robbins Foundation:
Jerome Robbins established the Foundation (www.jeromerobbins.org) in 1958, in honor of his mother, with the intent to support
dance, theater, and their associative arts. In the 1980's, following the outbreak of AIDS, he directed Foundation
resources almost exclusively to the AIDS crisis and still later, in letters left to the board, he conveyed his
wish that the Foundation once again extend its resources to the performing arts - dance and theater especially.
About The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust:
The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust is a not for profit organization created under the Last Will and Testament of Antony
Tudor. Mr. Tudor appointed Sally Brayley Bliss as the Co-Executrix of his Estate, and sole Trustee of his ballets,
to preserve the artistic integrity and standard of excellence Mr. Tudor insisted upon. For additional information,
please contact: Tara Moira McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (631) 877-9219.
About The CORPS de Ballet International:
The CORPS de Ballet International (www.corps-de-ballet.org) is a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet
in higher education.