Doris Humphrey was a pioneer of modern dance in the United States. She had been a dancer with the Denishawn company but in 1928 she and her partner, Charles Weidman, left Denishawn to form their own group. Humphrey developed a modern dance technique that was further evolved by her protégé José Limón. She is also the author of a book about choreography titled The Art of Making Dances (1959), published the year after her death.

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