For Immediate Release:

Contact: Tara McBride / 631-877-9219


University Dance Curriculum Dedicated to One Choreographer a Ground-Breaking Endeavor

April 30, 2012 - USA -- The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust ( 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 their knowledge."

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, 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

About the Jerome Robbins Foundation:

Jerome Robbins established the Foundation ( 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, or call (631) 877-9219.

About The CORPS de Ballet International:

The CORPS de Ballet International ( is a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education.




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