Lawson, Joan (1907–2002)

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Lawson, Joan (1907–2002)

English ballet dancer and writer. Born 1907 in London, England; died Feb 2002.

Performed briefly with Nemtchimova-Dolin Ballet (c. 1933–34), but soon dedicated most of her time to teaching and writing; during WWII, served on advisory council on education for armed services; directed teacher's course at Royal Academy of Dancing (1947–59) and later served as mime and character teacher for Royal Ballet Society (1963–71); worked as editor of The Dancing Times (1940–54) and published numerous books and texts on dance, including Ballet in the U.S.S.R. (1945), "Job," and "The Rake's Progress" (1949), Mime, The Theory and Practice of Expressing Gesture (1957) and A History of Ballet and Its Makers (1964).

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