Mino Nicholas to teach modern dance at NIU

By Maureen Morrissey

Mino Nicholas, founder of the American Dance Repertoire Theater, will be teaching a dance class at NIU on Thursday.

The class will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall, room 137. At the conclusion of the class, Nicholas will conduct a lecture demonstration focusing on the techniques and works of modern dance pioneer, Doris Humphrey.

The class is open to all dancers and is free of charge. Danielle Jay, assistant dance professor in physical education, said all dancers should dress appropriately “in leotards and tights, for women, and t-shirt and tights for men.”

The class is being sponsored by NIU’s departments of physical education and theater arts.

Nicholas has studied in New York with modern dancers including Joyce Trisler, Pearl Lang and Valerie Bettis.

Nicholas started the American Dance Repertoire Theater to preserve modern dance repertoire of choreographers, such as Humphrey, to whom Nicholas has committed his work.

Nicholas is the largest presenter of Humphrey’s works. He produces an annual Doris Humphrey Festival in New York as a tribute to her.

He is the author of the upcoming, “Songs for a Later Time.” The soon to be released book is a guide to the choreography of Humphrey. Nicholas also has recreated many of Humphrey’s works on his own as well as in his theater.

In addition, Nicholas is a visiting professor at the State University of New York-Brockport.

While in Illinois, Nicholas also will perform at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park on Saturday and Sunday.