Lester Horton founded a modern technique that utilizes strong lines and powerful jumps and turns. This form of technique has developed into a very athletic and expressive style of dance. Many dancers credit Horton for their success. Most notably among those dancers is: Alvin Ailey, Janet Collins, Bella Lewitzky, Carmen de Lavallade, and James Truitte.
Lester Horton was inspired by Native American culture from the beginning. He toured with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn's dance company, where he was a jack of all trades, helping out with costumes, rehearsal, and general production as well as dancing. After a few years, Horton moved to Los Angeles where he began to work with Michio Ito, an innovative artist from Japan. It was the combination of Japan art and Native American dance became a large influence Horton's technique. Horton created a dance company on the West Coast when majority of dance was flocking to New York. It was there that he brought together many talented dancers technique and dance expression.
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