Dianne McIntyre first attended ADF as a student in 1966. “It was glorious,” she remembers. “I actually got to be with the pioneers. Martha Graham actually came to our Graham class one day, and I remember she lifted my spine. I can still feel it.”
In the early 1990s, Ms. McIntyre returned to the festival as a beloved faculty member. This period marked her intense study and reconstruction of the work of modern dance luminary Helen Tamiris, which–among many performances–included a solo by Ms. McIntyre during the American Dance Festival/Samuel H. Scripps Award program, which posthumously honored Helen Tamiris and Pearl Primus. In the video above, Ms. McIntyre describes her unforgettable moments onstage during that performance.
In 2008, Ms. McIntyre returned to the ADF to receive the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching, for her indelible mark on both the ADF students and our stage.