Teaching a Generation to Love Dance: Evelyn H. Green

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The late Evelyn H. Green, former UW professor of dance and chair of the dance program, is known for her work on behalf of dance and the arts at the University and throughout the community.

Green, who passed away in 1993, was the daughter of Seattle pioneer Minnie E. Hagmoe, and sister of former Seattle City Councilwoman Phyllis Lamphere. In an obituary in the Seattle Times,footnote 1 Lamphere noted "Eve made a great difference at the UW, elevating dance as part of the curriculum. And also in the community, where dance was seen on a par with the other arts."

Green founded the Eve Green School of Ballet in Seattle and Bellevue. She also was a creative force behind a variety of local dance programs, such as Garfield High School's magnet program, and the Black Arts West Theatre and Dance Programs. Over the course of her career, Green choreographed over 200 dances, demonstrations, operas, musicals, and stage plays, for such organizations as the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Poncho Theatre, A Contemporary Theater, and The Second Stage.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, in 1940. Green studied ballet and modern dance with some of the greats: George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Robert Joffrey. She joined the UW in 1967, first as an associate, and then as lecturer in the UW School of Drama's dance program. Green became assistant professor in 1971; and in 1976 she was promoted to full professor and became head of the Dance Division in the Schools of Drama and Music. She taught many of the region's up-and-coming dancers and actors--Mark Morris, Larry Ballard, Chad Henry.

Green even taught dance to the UW Husky football players. Learning dance movements helped the players develop grace and balance; Green showed them how to fall and move in order to avoid injuries.

In addition to serving as chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, Green was a member of many of the region's arts organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Allied Arts of Seattle; the Board of Directors, Bellevue Civic Ballet; the Seattle Art Museum; Board of Directors, Northwest Dance Foundation; and the Dance Advisory Council of the City of Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation.

  1. "Evelyn H. Green; UW professor taught a generation to love dance," Carole Beers and Lily Eng, The Seattle Times, May 21, 1993, p. B5.

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