Michio Ito


Michio Ito (choreographer, 1892c.-1961) was an eminent dance artist whose artistic vision and unique dance technique influenced three continents. A native of Japan, Ito studied at the Dalcroze Institute at Hellerau, near Dresden where he also began to formulate his own technique. Ito toured Europe and collaborated with William Butler Yeats on a production of, “At the Hawk’s Well.” Ito moved to New York City in 1916 and opened a Studio in 1919. His teaching and methodology influenced Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Pauline Koner, Lester Horton and Luigi among others. Ito created a unique East and West synthesis, which gave legitimacy to cross-cultural choreography.
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