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#1 Mary Lynn Slayden

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Posted 01 June 2001 - 01:35 PM

What can anyone tell me about the dance critic of the NY Times? Just general information concerning how he began writing about dance etc.

Thank you.

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Posted 01 June 2001 - 02:42 PM

According to Horst Koegler's Oxford Dictionary of Ballet Anderson was born in Milwaukee in 1935 (Koegler is sometimes a bit off on dates; I don't know if this is accurate). He did his undergraduate work at Northwestern and has a master's from Indiana Univeristy. I don't know what field, but I'd guess literature, as he also writes poetry and has wriwtten on dance and poetry.. He's been writing about dance for a very long time, but I don't know how he got his first job. He's been a Times critic since 1978 and also co-edits Dance Chronicle (a scholarly, historical publication) with George Dorris. His most well-known book is probably "The One and Only," about the American Ballet Russe company, and I would suspect that that was his door to dance. (The company, not the book :) )

#3 Mary Lynn Slayden

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Posted 01 June 2001 - 03:35 PM

Thank you once again, Alexandra. You never
fail to come up with an answer for me.
I was curious about him since he is such a prominent critic..I wondered where his passion came from.

MLS :)

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