Favorite

Side Steps 

What do dancers do when their performing days are done?

For years, Norman Walker was a dancer with the May O'Donnell Dance Company in New York City.

It was an enviable position. O'Donnell, a leader in early modern dance, had been a student of the influential Hanya Holm and later danced with Martha Graham and José Limón. In 1949, Holm started her own company, where Walker rose from beginner to principal dancer.

Walker recounts the early days of his career--and what happened after his New York days--this Friday in a lecture in the UA's old Ina Gittings Dance Theatre, titled Life After Leaving the City--Dance in America and Beyond. His talk is the last in a three-part series of dance history lectures at the UA called Dancing On: Expanding the City Limits, about dance outside New York. The talks also focus on what dancers do when their own dancing days are done. Previous speakers were Amanda McKerrow, an American Ballet Theatre dancer who guest-artists around the world and is teaching in Tucson this summer at the Ballet Arts workshop, and Lawrence Pech, an ABT dancer who now runs his own eponymous company in San Francisco.

After his glory days dancing with O'Donnell, Walker also went into guest performing, dancing with the Pearl Lang Dance Company, Yuriko & Dancers, the Boston Ballet and a Portuguese troupe called Gulbenkian Dance Company. He has also choreographed some 210 dances, in styles from classical to modern, and directed the school at Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts.

A Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the New Zealand School of Dance and at numerous universities in the United States. Most recently, he's been teaching at Butler University, choreographing for the Butler Ballet and working with Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis.

Life After Leaving the City--Dance in America and Beyond, a lecture by Norman Walker, will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the UA Gittings Dance Theatre, Room 130. Admission is free. For more information, call 621-4698.

More by Margaret Regan

  • Finding Light in the Darkness

    Navajo motifs are threaded through ZUZI’s Woven, a Solstice show of dance and music
    • Dec 14, 2017
  • Nutcrackers Galore

    A cavalcade of dancers, sugar plums and even a dancing cop pirouette on Tucson stages
    • Dec 7, 2017
  • Milagros and Other Miracles

    Small art galleries sail into the holidays on a raft of exhibitions
    • Nov 30, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Role Play

    Live Theatre Workshop's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery has three actors playing about 40 characters.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • School's Out!

    LTW tackles Charles Schulz's uncanny brilliance and empathy
    • Jun 29, 2017

The Range

The Weekly List: 26 Things To Do in Tucson This Week

Pastorela Laughs in the Mirror of 2017 Politics

Pecan Needs a Home

More »

Latest in Review

  • Magical Musical

    ATC’s reimagined ‘Man of La Mancha’ is a spectacular triumph
    • Dec 14, 2017
  • In the Blood

    Two local theater companies explore conflicts within families
    • Nov 16, 2017
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Magical Musical

    ATC’s reimagined ‘Man of La Mancha’ is a spectacular triumph
    • Dec 14, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation