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Chace, Marianlocked

(31 October 1896–19 July 1970)
  • Sharon Chaiklin

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Chace, Marian (31 October 1896–19 July 1970), dancer and dance therapist, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Daniel Chace, a journalist, and Harriet Edgaretta Northrop, a teacher and writer. Chace was encouraged by her parents to attend Pembroke College and did so for one year starting in the fall of 1914. Dissatisfied, she moved with her family to the Washington, D.C., area and went to the Corcoran School of Art in 1915. She hurt her back in a diving accident, making it painful for her to paint or draw. Her physician suggested she take dance classes to strengthen her back and from that time she focused all her attention on dance. This became her “natural means of communication.” Now in her late twenties, she made the decision to attend the Denishawn School of Dance in New York City. She began her studies in the summer of 1923, greatly broadening her learning and developing a philosophy of movement. Chace came to believe that there are infinite ways of moving related to cultural, religious, and philosophical motivation. Her studies of the body and how it functions led to correct body use parallel to sensing that all movement emerges from the center so that, used correctly, the dance emerged with clear structure and integration of the dancer....

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