Ann Hutchinson Guest

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Ann Hutchinson Guest
Ann Hutchinson Guest, May 2009
Born November 1918 (age 96)
New York City
Residence London
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartington Hall

Language of Dance Centre, London

Dance Notation Bureau, New York
Known for Dance notation
Spouse(s) Ivor Forbes Guest
Language of Dance Centre

Ann Hutchinson Guest (born 3 November 1918)[1] is a movement and dance researcher and may be considered the preeminent world authority on dance notation, especially Labanotation. She wrote a history on the subject of dance notation, and her works have been translated into multiple languages. She is the co-founder of the Dance Notation Bureau, New York, 1940. She also founded the Language of Dance Centre (LODC) in London, England in 1967 as well as co-founding the Language of Dance Center USA in 1997.

Guest's work made possible the reconstruction of several ballets such as "Pas de Six" from La Vivandière, and L'Après-midi d'un faune by Vaslav Nijinsky.

She has received two honorary doctorates, and in 1997 received the "Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research" award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).[2] In 1998 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Dance Studies[3]


  • Labanotation of Kinetography Laban: The System of Analyzing and Recording Movement, 1970, New York: Theatre Arts Books. (First published 1954) ISBN 0-415-96562-4
  • Fanny Elssler's "Cachucha", 1981, London: Dance Books. ISBN 0-903102-59-5
  • Dance Notation, 1984, ISBN 0-87127-141-9
  • Choreographics: A Comparison of Dance Notation Systems from the Fifteenth Century to the Present, 1989, New York: Gordon and Breach. ISBN 90-5700-003-2
  • Your Move: A new approach to the study of movement and dance, 1995, New York: Gordon and Breach.
  • Articles for the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Articles for the The Dance Encyclopedia (1949)

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  1. ^ "DNBulletin, Fall 2007 (Vol. 10, No. 2) - Dance Notation Bureau". Dance Notation Bureau. November 6, 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Guggenheim Fellowships 1998". Retrieved 12 January 2011. 

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