A Little History

The Lester Horton technique is the foundational technique of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and this Warm-Up is great training for both modern dance and exercise enthusiasts. The Warm-Up is a unique program designed to prepare dancers for rehearsals…

A Little History

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The Lester Horton technique is the foundational technique of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and this Warm-Up is great training for both modern dance and exercise enthusiasts. The Warm-Up is a unique program designed to prepare dancers for rehearsals and performance. The technique’s creator, Lester Horton, was determined to develop a technique that did not limit how the body could move, and that was anatomically corrective. As a result, his method has enormous variety, range, and complexity. Such noted dancers and choreographers as Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitzky, and Joyce Trisler began their dance training with Horton and used the technique with their own students.

Horton protégé Marjorie B. Perces and Ana Marie Forsythe lead a group of young professional dancers and the viewer through leg swings, metatarsal presses, and fortifications.

This Dance Spotlight presentation, The Warm-Up, is the Beginning level program of three technique videos that preserve this important achievement in dance training for generations to come.

For the professional dancer who needs to build strength, agility, and flexibility this video provides important injury-preventing techniques. It’s also an excellent way for the non-dancer or athlete to do a nonaerobic workout that helps develop grace and relieve muscle stress.

This program ends with a rare film sequence from The Beloved, choreographed by Lester Horton. This historically significant 1936 film footage is presented by special permission of Bella Lewitzky.

Artistic Directors: Ana Marie Forsythe and Marjorie Perces
Composer: Larry Hochman
Producer: Babette Coffey-Fisch
Director: Jeanne Suggs

Lester Horton Technique: The Warm-Up
Contents:
Part 1: Warm-Up
Flatbacks
Primitive Squat Descent
Laterals and Release Swings
Leg Swings
Deep Forward Lunges

Part II: Fortification Studies
1. Achilles Stretch
2. Plié Stretch
3. Lateral Stretch
4. Lunge Stretch
5. Hip Propulsion
6. Coccyx

Part III: Other Studies
Elementary Balance
5/4 Swing
Dimensional Tonus

Running Time: 48 min.

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