The Warm-Up Clip


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Guillermo Asca
April Hinkle
Yoshiko Ido
Keith McDaniel
Ruthlyn Salomons

Dancer, teacher, choreographer Lestor Horton (1906-1953) is regarded as one of the founders of American modern dance. He developed a unique style of technique and choreography, established the first permanent theater in America devoted to dance, and organized one of the first integrated modern dance companies.

On this DVD, Dance Spotlight presents The Warm-up; the innovative dance training technique of Lester Horton. Mr. Horton was determined to develop a warm-up that did limit how the body could move and that was anatomically corrective. As a result, his method has enormous variety, range and complexity.

With The Warm-Up technique, Marjorie B. Perces, former Horton dancer and teacher, and Ana Marie Forsythe, chair of the Horton department at the Ailey School, lead a group of professional dancers through deep forward lunges, hip propulsion, 5/4 swing and more.

Noted dancers and choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitzky and Joyce Trisler began their dance training with Horton and used the technique with their own students.

The Lester Horton technique is the source of inspiration to countless modern dance choreographers and continues to train strong, versatile dancers, expanding the body’s traditional range of motion. The Warm-Up is the first step in learning the Lester Horton Technique and will set you on a path to achieving your goals.