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Betty Jones (June 11, 1926 – November 17, 2020)
Betty Jones was a founding member of the José Limón Dance Company and an internationally-known authority on the dance heritage she inherited from Doris Humphrey and José Limón. She trained legions of dancers at the Juilliard School and the American Dance Festival while co-directing her own company and school in Hawaii and guest teaching throughout the world.
An essay on Betty’s work with Lulu Sweigard is available at https://thinkingbody.org/education/essays/jones/.
The following is an excerpt from a letter about her passing sent by her partner Fritz Ludin.
Dear Dance Friend!
It is with great sadness to let you know that our beloved Betty passed on yesterday at our home in Honolulu. She hadn’t been well for a while, but her ending came swiftly while for a week on Hospice at home. Her breathing became very difficult and erratic, and so for her it came as a blessing when everything quieted down yesterday. Her wish is to be cremated, not to have a service, and to have her ashes scattered into the wide blue Pacific Ocean.
I am overwhelmed with all the lovely outpouring I have already been receiving via email from her friends, dancers, and students she has inspired and nurtured. Having been her dancing partner for the past 60 years, which was an amazing life, has filled my heart and memory with a wonderful rich life we shared in near and far away places.
I hope you are well and are taking good care of yourself and loved ones.
Sending you best, best wishes with lots of love, Fritz.
Recently, we invited current TBI Archive Subscribers to share their activities and interests through a new section of the TBI Exchange page called TBI Contacts. Given the shifting priorities and ongoing stress associated with COVID-19, it is not unexpected that the response to this opportunity has been slow. As things settle, please do consider sharing your background and interests through TBI Contacts. There is absolutely no rush – we will welcome your contribution to this new section of the Exchange page at any time. If you have lost track of the email to Archive Subscribers that introduced this opportunity, please click here for another copy of the submission form. Or, if you have other ideas about how to enhance communication within our community, the Suggestion Box on the Exchange page is always open.
New Addition to Bernard’s Archive
A new version of audio files of Andre Bernard’s 1986 Berkeley, California workshop has been added to his collection. Many thanks to Eva Karczag for converting the original tapes to MP3 files and donating them to the archive.
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The Hidden You
by Mabel Elsworth Todd
We are pleased to announce that The Hidden You is now available in the TBI Media collection of Special Editions written by Mabel Elsworth Todd. Todd published The Hidden You in 1954, toward the end of her teaching career. She restated her basic educational principles in the book and discussed the psychological, philosophical, and spiritual implications of her work. The cover art for The Hidden You replicates the design that appeared on the dust jacket of the 1954 edition. The back-cover features the poignant remembrance of the creation of her approach that Todd wrote for the folded flaps of the dust jacket.
In addition to providing readers with Todd’s original cover aesthetic and text, TBI Media used advanced image editing software and typesetting techniques to create pages that are crisp, clear, and easier to view than inexpensive reprints produced with facsimile or photocopy methods. We also added an Index to aid readers in accessing Todd’s discussion of specific topics.
Click here for more information and instructions for purchasing a copy.
A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark – Revised Edition
by Pamela Matt
A revised edition of A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark is another recent addition to the TBI Media publications. Among the most exciting additions to the book is a recently discovered teaching manual of eighty lessons that Clark developed for her student André Bernard in the mid-1950s. Those who participated in André’s workshops and classes will undoubtedly recognize imagery and lesson procedures from Clark’s curriculum that served as the foundation of his teaching. The curriculum also reveals the seeds of lesson ideas and visual imagery that Clark refined in her four subsequent body alignment manuals.
The revised edition of A Kinesthetic Legacy incorporates additional information on Mabel Todd’s educational system, which served as the basis for Clark’s teaching and writing. Color reproductions of the anatomical plates she used in conducting Todd’s table work should clarify the relationship between human anatomical structures and the exquisite abstract imagery Clark developed. The revised edition concludes with a new content-based Index that relates Clark’s body alignment lessons to specific elements of Mabel Todd’s theory.
Click here for a complete description of the revised edition and a “preview” of pages from several sections of the book.
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