Tag: in memoriam

Remembering Contact Improv Co-Creator Nancy Stark Smith, 1952–2020

Co-creator of Contact Improvisation, improviser extraordinaire, and founder and co-editor of Contact Quarterly, Nancy Stark Smith passed away on May 1. A force as a dancer and an educator, she created a network of love for improvisation on a global scale. She died in her home in Florence, MA, of ovarian cancer. Messages from all […]

RIP, Maestro Willie Burmann, Who Has Passed Away

Update March 31, 2020: This article was first published in Dance Teacher, February 2009. One of today’s leading ballet masters, German-born Wilhelm Burmann exerts a magnetic attraction on the professional students he teaches five days a week at Steps on Broadway in New York City. “Taking Willie’s class” has become a tradition for many top […]

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