Michael Kidd Biography
(Choreographer, Ballet Dancer)
Birthday: August 12, 1915 (Leo)
Born In: New York City
Michael Kidd was an award winning American choreographer who over his long and productive career spanning decades revolutionized choreography on the American stage and cinema. A talented choreographer who reached the pinnacle of his glory with the dance numbers in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, he was best known for his energetic and exuberant productions that enthused the audiences and made them want to groove along. At the peak of his career during the 1940s and 1950s, he is credited to have staged some of the leading Broadway productions and film musicals of that time. An intuitive dancer to whom choreography came naturally, he developed the technique of “integrated musical’ in which dance movements are integral to the plot. One characteristic of his which distinguished him from other choreographers was that his dancing was based mostly on real life, using the gestures people normally perform in their day-to-day lives. This quality made him extremely popular as even people without technical knowledge of dance moves could connect with his performances. He won several awards for his productions and became the first choreographer to win five Tony Awards. He was also awarded an honorary Academy Award in recognition of his services to the art of dance.