Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille was born into a well-known and respected film industry family. Her uncle was the successful director, Cecil B. de Mille and her father was also a film director. De Mille started to study ballet as a child but she didn't seem to have a natural ability for classical ballet. On her own, she studied the acting of stars in her father's films and, by the age of 11, was cast in a film. [read more...]

Michael Kidd

Although Michael Kidd was probably best known for his choreography of the film musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," he had a very successful career as a Broadway choreographer both before and after the film. However, it was the gymnastic character of the dances in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" that influenced future movie choreograpy. [read more...]

Onna White

Onna White, choreographer of numerous Broadway musicals and the movie version of "Oliver!," introduced large street scene choreography to the big screen. She created lively dances that involved large numbers of dancers in natural environments. Her work on "Oliver!" in 1968 earned her a special Academy Award. [read more...]

Tommy Tune

Although Tommy Tune has become an extremely successful Broadway musical performer, director and choreographer, his first big break was in the movie musical, "Hello Dolly." Tune's role in that film showcased his exceptional dancing talent, but it took four more years for him to achieve success. In 1973, he starred in and was the associate choreographer for the Broadway musical, "Seesaw." Tune won his first of nine Tony awards for his performance in "Seesaw." Since that show, Tune has directed and/or choreographed at least 10 Broadway musicals, including his one man show, "Tommy Tune Tonight." [read more...]