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Dance: The Loss of Two Dance Legends – Frank Hatchett and Fred Benjamin

December has seen the loss of two major figures in the dance world and the black dance community – Frank Hatchett and Fred Benjamin.

frank hatchett

On Dec. 23, Frank Hatchett – one of the founders of the famed Broadway Dance Center – passed away after a lengthy illness. Hatchett was known for his signature blend of street and jazz dance which he dubbed  VOP.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/legendary_jazz_teacher_frank_h.html

https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/faculty/bios/hatchett_frank.shtml

fred benjamin

On Dec. 14, Fred Benjamin passed away. Benjamin’s many credits included running the jazz dance program at the Alvin Ailey school, performing with the Talley Beatty company and running his own company – the Fred Benjamin Dance Company. Most recently he had been teaching at Steps in New York City.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/arts/dance/fred-benjamin-teacher-of-jazz-dance-dies-at-69.html

 

http://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2013/12/fred-benjamin-69.html

 

 

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