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HOLM, Hanya, professional name of Johanna Eckert (1893-1992), German-American choreographer, known for her integration of dance and story in Broadway musicals. Born in Worms, she studied at the Dalcroze institutes in Frankfurt and in Hellerau and assisted the German modern-dance pioneer Mary Wigman. She opened the Wigman school in New York City in 1931 (renamed Hanya Holm Studio, 1936-67), founded her own troupe in 1936, and taught annually (1941-83) at her summer dance center in Colorado Springs, Colo. From 1974 she taught at the Juilliard School in New York City. Her works, influenced by U.S. dance styles, include Trend (1937; music by Edgard Varèse) and the musicals Kiss Me Kate (1948), My Fair Lady (1956), andCamelot(1960). Among her students were Glen Tetley, Alwin Nikolais, and Alvin Ailey.

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