“I believe that dance communicates man's deepest,
highest and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words,
spoken or written.”
- Ted Shawn
Ted contributed to both a new style of modern dance, as well as a basis of technique. His artistic sense created a style described as ethnic and masculine. He had a talent for creating movement that was inspired by American Indians and pioneers. Avoiding classical music, he used a lot of nontraditional, emotional sounds and melodies. His movement incorporated ballet and yoga techniques that were developed and created through improvisation.
Although Ted had a great deal of involvement in the creation of modern dance, he is most widely acknowledged for establishing the first all male dance company: Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers. This was the first time men were seen as more than partners in dance; they were seen as equal in performance as the women. The start of this all male group inspired others, and widely influenced the idea of men as dancers.
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By Morgan Baetz