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Daniel Nagrin's career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer spans over six decades: from the world of Broadway where he was once voted Best Male Dancer, to films, to solo concert artist, to lecturer and artist-in-residence on the university touring circuit. Early, he was associated with one of the founders of modern dance in America, Helen Tamiris. They worked together on six Broadway musicals. He later directed The Workgroup, an improvisational dance company.

Mr. Nagrin is the creator and performer of an extensive solo dance repertory which he toured from 1957 to 1984 throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific. Mr. Nagrin has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from The National Endowment on the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts and Arizona State University among others. In 1991, he became the first dancer to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York and in the following year an Honorary Doctorate from Arizona State University. The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, awarded Mr. Nagrin the first Balasaraswati Joy Ann Dewey Beineke Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.

The Nagrin Videotape Library of Dances, a 15-hour video retrospective of his work is housed at the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library and at Arizona State University. In 1993, The National Endowment for theArts for the first time created a fellowship award for Master Teacher/Mentors. Mr. Nagrin was one of four who were so honored. His range includes modern dance, jazz, acting, and the use of film, video, computerized slides and audio tapes. He has had extensive experience teaching movement for actors including The Open Theatre directed by Joe Chaikin. He has been engaged for many residencies at major universities including nine summer workshops with the American Dance Festival. After ten years as Professor of Dance at Arizona State University, he is now retired and Professor Emeritus of Dance. Retirement has opened the time for writing on dance and resuming a more active touring doing workshops, lecture-demonstrations and master classes. His first book, How to Dance Forever, published by William Morrow Company in1988 has become a handbook bible for many in the dance profession. The University of Pittsburgh Press has published a trilogy of books that cover the full range of Mr. Nagrin's teachings: Dance and the Specific Image: Improvisation The Six Questions: Acting Technique for Dance Performance Choreography and the Specific Image: Nineteen Essays and a Workbook.

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