Biography of William Bales (1910-1990)

Dancer, choreographer and teacher American, born in Carnegie (Pennsylvania) on June 27, 1910 and died in 1990.

Graduated in law at the University of Pittsburgh, although he/she soon expressed an interest in dance and began his training in this discipline with the masters Frank Eckl and Martha Hill at Bennington College. After a few months of learning under the guidance of Charles Weidman, Bales joined the Humphrey-Weidman company in 1936, where he/she remained until 1940. He/She participated in the premiere of the choreographies of Doris Humphrey Theatre Piece (1936) and Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (1938). He/She collaborated in the musical Straw Hat Revue (1940), the Radio City Music Hall, as well as several shows created by Hanya Holm. In 1942 he/she began working for the New Dance Group in New York as a teacher and choreographer. Among the ballets he/she created for this group, is female (Chávez, 1942) and Goodbye (1942). A year later he/she formed a trio with the dancers Jane Dudley and Sophie Maslow; for this trio he/she made choreographies: To a Green Mountain Boy (Williams, 1943), Song of Experience (1947), Soliloquy (1947), Judith (Johnson, 1949), Impromptu (Satie, 1950) and The Haunted Ones (Kirchner, 1951), many of which were estrendas in the Festival's summer of Connecticut College in New London. In addition, Bales has taught at Bennington College, at the Connecticut College and at the Juilliard School, as well as Dean of the State University of New York from 1967 to 1975.