Doris Humphrey Biography
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Birthday: October 17, 1895 (Libra)
Born In: Chicago
Doris Humphrey was an early twentieth century dancer and choreographer, hailed as one of the first modern dance choreographers who played a pivotal role in shaping the course of modern dance in the United States. She was a contemporary of the famous choreographer Martha Graham, and had also worked with the highly acclaimed dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham. What set Humphrey apart from other pioneering choreographers of her time was the fact that she, as an early abstractionist, represented the principle of "fall and recovery" by exploring the nuances of the human body's responses to gravity. Her rise to glory as one of America’s topmost choreographers of the twentieth century seemed to be destined from her childhood when even as a young girl she displayed great poise and grace. Her parents ensured that she received training in several dance forms including the ballet. Being trained under great teachers like Ottokar Bartik and Serge Oukrainsky helped her polish her inherent skills and shaped her into a highly talented and intuitive dancer. Even though she always wanted to be a professional dancer, she had to put this dream on hold due to financial reasons. Eventually she did realize her dreams and not only did she become a professional dancer but also a world-renowned choreographer revolutionizing the modern dance movement.