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The only reason for mastering technique is to make sure the body does not prevent the soul from expressing itself. ~ La Meri 📸 @ksuechuelamSo... I think I found my new hero 😍La Meri (Russell Meriwether Hughes, 5/13 /1898 – 1/7/1988) was an American ethnic dancer, choreographer, teacher, poet, anthropologist and scholar.She was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began her dance training in Texas, studying ballet, Spanish, and Mexican dance forms. She continued her training in Hawaii, where she studied Hawaiian  dance and then New York, where she studied modern dance and ballet.In 1928, La Meri began performing professionally. In the 1930s, she invited Indian classical dancer, Ram Gopal, one of the early pioneers of dance of India in the west, who toured with her extensively. Until 1940, she toured and studied in areas such as Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Japan, Ceylan, and Hawaii. As she traveled, La Meri learned the native dances of the different areas she visited, studying with local dance masters. She went on to create her own dance works based on the steps and movement vocabularies she learned. She researched the dance styles of Latin America, Spain, Africa, and Asia extensively. This allowed her to bring authenticity to the stage in a way that rang true to the roots of each dance style.In 1940, La Meri and Ruth St. Denis founded the
Thank you 🥰🥰🥰 #Repost @sydney.zouks • • • • • • The only reason for mastering technique is to make sure the body does not prevent the soul from expressing itself. ~ La Meri 📸 @ksuechuelamSo... I think I found my new hero 😍La Meri (Russell Meriwether Hughes, 5/13 /1898 – 1/7/1988) was an American ethnic dancer, choreographer, teacher, poet, anthropologist and scholar.She was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began her dance training in Texas, studying ballet, Spanish, and Mexican dance forms. She continued her training in Hawaii, where she studied Hawaiian dance and then New York, where she studied modern dance and ballet.In 1928, La Meri began performing professionally. In the 1930s, she invited Indian classical dancer, Ram Gopal, one of the early pioneers of dance of India in the west, who toured with her extensively. Until 1940, she toured and studied in areas such as Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Japan, Ceylan, and Hawaii. As she traveled, La Meri learned the native dances of the different areas she visited, studying with local dance masters. She went on to create her own dance works based on the steps and movement vocabularies she learned. She researched the dance styles of Latin America, Spain, Africa, and Asia extensively. This allowed her to bring authenticity to the stage in a way that rang true to the roots of each dance style.In 1940, La Meri and Ruth St. Denis founded the "School of Natya", which is Hindu dance, in New York City. Through the school, La Meri formed The Five Natyas, her first performing company. In 1945 she absorbed the school of Natya into Ethnologic Dance Center and the Ethnologic Dance Theater, which operated from 1942-1956. She also performed at the American Museum of Natural History, and presented concert programs of young ethnic-dancers from across the globe. In 1944, she choreographed swan lake with the translation into Hindu dance movements... ~ Wikipedia (*snob cringe*) . . . . . . #quoteoftheday #lameri #dancingquotes #moderndance #hinge #grahamtechnique #technique #socialdance #ethnographicdance #ethnography