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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday Bending Over Backwards



Throwback Thursday Bending Over Backwards

Born in 1905 Hoosick Falls, New York, Harriet Hoctor was a dancer who became famous in the Zeigfeld Follies and in the movies, appearing with such notables as Jack Benny, George Jessel, Bill Robinson and George and Gracie Allen. 

Harriet Hoctor was trained as a ballet dancer and began her career in minstrel shows and in vaudeville.  She also appeared on Broadway.  She performed in “Dying Swan” at Rockefeller Center in 1932. She danced until the late 1940s when she opened a ballet school in Boston where she taught until 1974.  She died in 1977.

Harriet Hoctor is probably best remembered for her ability to bourrée on pointe for great distances while in a complete backbend.


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #12:  

“Harriet Hoctor was a dancer best remembered for her ability to bourrée in a full backbend.”


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of Paul DeLorenzo--who converts pointe shoes into toetap shoes--this form of tap is making a comeback.