Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.)

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The Dance Notation Bureau (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) was founded in 1940 by Ann Hutchinson Guest, Helen Priest Rogers, Eve Gentry, and Janey Price. The DNB mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of a system of notation, creating dance scores using the symbol system called Labanotation, named for Rudolf Laban who first published the system in 1928. In 1942, choreographer Eugene Loring requested a notation score of his Billy the Kid, the first ballet recorded in the United States, in order to establish his intellectual property rights to the choreography. Over the years, hundreds of works have been notated, representing choreographers including Doris Humphrey, Hanya Holm (her notated Kiss Me Kate was the first score accepted for copyright registration by the Library of Congress), George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, José Limón, Laura Dean, and many others. Each year DNB assists in notating works and in staging performances from score. In 1968, the DNB Extension for Education and Research was founded as part of the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University with a mission to promote and implement research, develop curriculum, and expand dance notation literature and archival materials. Three software programs, LabanWriter, LabanReader, and Labanlink, have emerged under the umbrella of the Extension, as well as LabanLab, a website for learning Labanotation.

From the guide to the Dance Notation Bureau Collection, 1930-, (The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.)

Labanotation is a movement notation system created by Rudolf Laban.

From the description of Notated theatrical dances - Labanotation collection, 1939-1985. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155509682

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creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.). Notes for Fokine's Carnaval. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Guest, Ann Hutchinson,. Pas de trois from act one of Swan lake / notated, July 1951, by Ann Hutchinson of the Dance Notation Bureau New York City ; [choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa ; music by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Limón, José. A Time of hate, time of war / choreography - José Limón ; music - Norman Dello Joio ; notated by Carla Maxwell ; as taught by Betty Jones - 1966 ; checked by Muriel Topaz. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Venable, Lucy. Letter, 1964 Mar 9, New York, N.Y., to Helen Tamiris, New York, N.Y. [2] p. on 2 l. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.). Notated theatrical dances - Labanotation collection, 1939-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Limón, José. Excerpt from opening of "There is a time" : (simplified version) / choreography" José Limón ; music: Norman Dello Joio ; notation: Lucy Venable. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Ivanov, Lev, 1834-1901. Dance of the reed pipes (danse des mirlitons) from the nutcracker (Casse noisette) as taught by Peggy van Praagh / music by P. Tschaikovsky ; choreography by Lev Ivanov ; as taught by Peggy van Praagh ; [notation and word notes by Ann Hutchinson]. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Alkire, Helen P. Helen P. Alkire papers, ca. 1929-1989, bulk 1940-1989. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Ivanov, Lev, 1834-1901. Pas de trois as taught by Mary Skeaping from act one of Swan lake / music by Tschaikovsky ; notated July, 1951, by Cecil Bates of the Dance Notation Bureau New York City ; [choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa]. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Stodelle, Ernestine. Ernestine Stodelle papers, 1925-2006. Newberry Library
referencedIn Balanchine, George. George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.). Publications archives, [ca. 1952]-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.). Audio-visual collection, [ca. 1955]-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Petipa, Marius, 1818-1910. Don Quichotte pas de deux / choreography, Alexander Tomsky after Petipa ; taught by Patricia Aulestia ; music by Minkus ; notated by Charlotte Mitzenmacher. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
creatorOf Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. Waltz (solo) from Les sylphides / choreographer, Michael Fokine ; composer, Frédéric Chopin, op. 70, no. 1 ; taught by Antony Tudor ; notated by Diane Mohrmann Juilliard-May 1965. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966. Excerpts from Dance of Walt Whitman: notation. 1965. 1 folder. (12 p.). New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau (New York, N.Y.). Master files, 1940-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Dance Notation Bureau Collection, 1930- The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
creatorOf Preston-Dunlop, Valerie Monthland. Three-ring trio / choreography, kinetography V. Preston-Dunlop ; music "A short story" by Kabalevsky from 15 children's pieces. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Dance Notation Bureau collection, [ca. 1957-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Venable, Lucy. Dance Notation Bureau Collection. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. Dance - Les sylphides - the nocturne / choreographer - Michel Fokine ; composer - Frederic Chopin, music - A-flat major nocturne, op. 32, no. 2 ; notated by Sue Knapp Juilliard, May 1965 ; taught by Antony Tudor. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. Mazurka from Les sylphides, op. 33, no. 2 / choreography by M. Fokine ; staged by Antony Tudor ; music composed by Frédéric Chopin ; notated by Linda Rankin April 28, 1965. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Balanchine, George. Dance Notation Bureau Scores series, [192-?]- Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. "Prelude" Les sylphides / choreography by Fokine ; taught by Antony Tudor ; music composed by Chopin - opus 28 #7 ; notated by Lee Wagner Juilliard, April 1965. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn R. Philip Hanes Papers, 1928-2010 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Dancing--Study and teaching
Dance notation
Kinetography Laban
Copyright--Choreography
Costume
Performing Arts
Ballet--Study and teaching
Labanotation
Dance--Production and direction
Dancers
Choreography
Benesh Notation
Ballet--Costume
Ballet--Stage-setting and scenery
Costume design
Ballet
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