The History of Historic Dance Theatre

Historic Dance Theatre was founded in 2005 and, through 2012 HDT scholars and dancers have appeared at numerous institutions including Dartmouth College; Marymount Manhattan College; The New York Historical Society; Kaatsbaan; The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and The Neighborhood Playhouse including lectures, lecture-demonstrations and classes for pre-professional students. Community programming has included the Harlem School in New York and several institutions in London for history courses dedicated to incorporating culture and dance into their curriculum but who are unable to self-
fund these projects.


Lecture subjects have included the politics and practice of French Baroque dance and the minuet in early America; the work of Merce Cunningham for Martha Graham, McCarthyism, the Depression, and the Dust Bowl. For a list of selected past lectures please visit our Artists and Scholars page.

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham's Cave of the Heart. Photo by Costas.