The author is at his best when piecing together anecdotes about a particular dancer’s life experiences or performance/creation process. Countless examples of this are in his book, which is why the text is still worth reading and valuable to dance.
Wendy Ballard is adjunct faculty at Washington University, where she teaches tap dance. She holds a BFA in dance from Webster University, an MA in American Culture Studies (with a focus on American percussive dance) from Washington University, and is a licensed massage therapist.
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The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.