Beginning with her childhood discoveries of the worlds of dance and music continuing through her ballet and historical dance studies in England and culminating in her distinguished work as a dancer choreographer scholar and teacher in the United States this memoir traces the fascinating circuitous path of HiltonпїЅs remarkable career. Her early aspirations to become a ballerina led her to the ballet studios of Marie Rambert Cleo Nordi Audrey de Vos and Maria Fay and then to dancing in live broadcasts on early British television in movies and with the companies of Felicity Grey Walter Gore and Letty Littlewood. In 1952 a chance introduction to the historical dance specialist Belinda Quirey began HiltonпїЅs lifelong study of and commitment to the fields of early dance and music. A few years later another chance introduction to the eminent Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck brought Hilton to America with their collaborations winning rave reviews from distinguished critics. Hilton went on to collaborate with such other renowned musicians as Michael Tilson Thomas Albert Fuller and Frederick Renz and such early music groups as the New York Pro Musica Antiqua and the Ensemble for Early Music. Two significant academic appointments both of which would continue for over twenty years played prominent roles in her career: at the Juilliard School where as nowhere else she mounted gloriously costumed and musically sophisticated performances in the baroque dance style and at Stanford University where she directed an annual workshop on baroque dance and music. HiltonпїЅs pathbreaking book Dance of Court and Theater: The French Noble Style 1690пїЅ1725 remains the standard text for the field of baroque dance. Her memoir is richly illustrated with 75 photographs by notable dance and theater photographers including Jack Blake Frederica Davis Rebecca Lesher of the Martha Swope Studios Peter Schaaf G. B. L. Wilson and Reg Wilson.
A student, colleague, and friend of Wendy Hilton for thirty years. They worked together most closely at the Stanford University Workshop on Baroque Dance and Music (1979пїЅ86 and 2000) and at the International Early Dance Institute at Goucher College (1988пїЅ91), as well as collaborating on many other scholarly, teaching, and performance projects. BindigпїЅs own career included teaching and/or performing appointments at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Dance Department, the University of California, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School, among other institutions. She has written on aspects of early dance for the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the International Dictionary of Ballet, Dance Chronicle, and Dance Research Journal. Bindig holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, with a dissertation entitled пїЅDancing in HarlequinпїЅs World.пїЅ She has also worked as a professional editor for performing arts and political science publications and currently is the associate director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University