Bessie Clayton: An American Genée

  title={Bessie Clayton: An American Gen{\'e}e},
  author={Camille Hardy},
  journal={Dance Chronicle},
WHEN BESSIE CLAYTON DIED in 1948 at the age of seventy, she was eulogized in the New York Times as "the nation's first born prima ballerina."1 Although she was hardly the first American ballet dancer, she was the most prominent native exponent of this form during the peak of her career, from 1895 to 1915. Since that time we have forgotten her. We have lost track of her unique accomplishments, especially her unstinting efforts to educate audiences, to instill young dancers with a more… Expand
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