Rachael Yocom, New York Dance Educator, Dies

Classic Arts News   Rachael Yocom, New York Dance Educator, Dies
Dance educator Rachael Dunaven Yocom died on Sunday, November 14, the New York Times reports. She was 88 years old.

From 1954 to 1972, Yocom was the chair of the dance department at the High School of Performing Arts, and from 1972 to 1975 was teacher in charge of the school. In those years, she trained such dancers as Eliot Feld, Arthur Mitchell, Edward Villella, and Jacqulyn Buglisi.

Before moving to New York, she taught at schools and universities in Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. She received her doctorate from New York University in 1951.

She wrote a number of books about sports and dance, among them Modern Dance Techniques and Teaching, written with Gertrude Shurr, one of Martha Graham's collaborators and colleagues, and published in 1946.

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