Biography of Agnes de Mille (1909-1993)

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and principal American, born in New York on 18 September 1909 and died in the same city on October 5, 1993, which is considered one of the pioneers in combining with purely American academic dance.

Daughter of writer and director William C. de Mille and niece of the film producer Cecil B. de Mille. He/She made his debut in the company of Marie Rambert, who had studied, and next to who participated in the premiere of different ballets of Antony Tudor, among them Dark Elegies (1937). He/She undertook several tours as a dancer with recitals, some of them alongside Hugh Laing in London, and soon began performing choreography.

His main works were created for Ballet Theater, among them: Obeah Black Ritual (Milhaud, 1940), Three Virgins and a Devil (Respighi, 1941), Tally Ho!, or the Frail Quarry (Gluck, 1944), Fall River Legend (Gould, 1948), The Harvest According (Thompson, 1952), Golden Age (Shostakovich, 1964), The Four Marys (Rittman, 1965), The Wind in the Mountains (Rosenthal, 1965) and A Rose for Miss Emily (Hovhaness1970), many of which also starred in. Rodeo (Copland, 1942) created for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, one of his masterpieces, and for the Boston Ballet, choreographed Summer (Schubert, 1975).

In 1953 he/she founded his own company, Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre, which remained only for two years. Also choreographed for Broadway musicals, among them: Oklahoma! (1943), One Touch of Venus (1943), Bloomer Girl (1944), Carousel (1945), Brigadoon (1947), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Paint Your Wagon (1951) and 110 in the Shade (1963). He/She also worked for cinema and television. Since 1973, he/she was heading the Heritage Dance Theatre at the University of North Carolina.

She is the author of the books: Dance to the Piper: Memoirs of the Ballet (London, 1951), And Promenade Home (Boston, 1956), To A Young Dancer (New York, 1962), The Book of the Dance (New York, 1963), Speak to Me, Dance with Me (Boston, 1973), Dance in America (New York, 1980) and Portrait Gallery (New York, 1990). He/She received the Dance Magazine Award (1957), prize womens clothing (1966) and the Handel Medallion of the city of New York (1976), among other awards. In 1985 he/she founded, with other dancers and choreographers, the Association "Career Transition for Dancers", dedicated to general support to the dancers who begin as well as to the dancers removed from the scenarios.