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Esther Harding, The Way of All Women, especially chap. " Page 16 teaching contemporary and classical dance, as well as jazz and ballroom. Not just for professional training, these studios cater to a large amateur clientele. Similarly, the number of performing groups has greatly increased. Twenty-five years ago an audience of a handful was considered a good house for an innovative dance company. Now such groups, as well as traditional ballet companies, can expect to draw a large audience. Martha Graham, a great pioneer and genius of contemporary American dance, developed a new language of the body with which to sing, with consummate skill and poetry, the images of the soul.
Page 83 (left) from Brendon Lehane, The Power of Plants, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1977. , 1949 program. Page 107 courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; purchased by contribution. W. Manchester, The Dance Encyclopedia, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1967. Page 7 There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist. The world will not have it.
The third is represented, for instance, by the Virgin Marya figure who raises love (eros) to the heights of spiritual devotion. The fourth type is symbolized by Sapientia, wisdom transcending even the most holy and the most pure. Of this another symbol is the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon. (In the psychic development of modern man this stage is rarely reached. 5 Although von Franz is referring here to the development of a man's anima, the same progression applies to the conscious personality and the Self of a woman.