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Doris Hering (1920–2014)

Author of 25 Years of American Dance

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Doris Hering, born in Brooklyn, New York, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College in 1937. She began working on a master's degree in French at Fordham University and also attended secretarial school to help her land a job during the Depression. She worked in a publishing house, and in a direct mail advertising agency, all the time pursuing her passion: dance. She spent her nights and weekends seeing, reading about, and writing about dance. She began publishing reviews in Dance Magazine in the late 1940s and became the magazine’s associate editor and principal critic in 1952. There and in other publications she chronicled the origins and rise of New York City Ballet; the American debuts of companies such as the Sadler’s Wells Ballet from the UK and the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets from the former Soviet Union; the flourishing of American modern dance; and the experiments of Merce Cunningham, Alwin Nikolais and the Judson Dance Theater. Having been focused on the New York dance scene for many years, she learned to appreciate regional dance after covering the second Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. She began to include regional news and reviews in the magazine. In 1972, she became the founding executive director of Regional Dance America, a national organization that championed regional dance throughout the USA. She held that post until 1987, when she returned to freelance criticism for Dance and other publications. She continued writing into her 90s and was the author of four books. She was the recipient of a Capezio Dance Award that called her "a crusader for dance,” a Dance Magazine Award, and a Dance Critics’ Association Award.
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