Ann Hutchinson Guest

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Ann Hutchinson Guest
Ann Hutchinson Guest, 29 May 2009
Born (1918-11-03) November 3, 1918 (age 101)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materDartington Hall
OrganizationLanguage of Dance Centre, London
Dance Notation Bureau, New York
Known forDance notation
Spouse(s)Ivor Forbes Guest
(m. 1962–2018, his death)
WebsiteLanguage of Dance Centre

Ann Hutchinson Guest (born November 3, 1918)[1] is an American movement and dance researcher and a preeminent 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]


  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson (1998). Choreo-graphics: a comparison of dance notation systems from the fifteenth century to the present. Gordon and Breach. ISBN 9789057000034. OCLC 50987415.
  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson (2004). Labanotation, or, Kinetography Laban: the system of analyzing and recording movement. Routledge. ISBN 9780415965613. OCLC 63092928.
  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson (2004). Your move: a new approach to the study of movement and dance : exercise sheets. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780677223100. OCLC 224533367.
  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson; Victoria, Felisa; Zorn, Friedrich Albert (2008). Fanny Elssler's Cachucha. Dance. ISBN 9780903102599. OCLC 619750021.
  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson; Jeschke, Claudia (2010). Nijinsky's Faune restored: a study of Vaslav Nijinsky's 1915 dance score : L'après-midi d'un faune and his dance notation system : revealed, translated into labanotation and annotated. Noverre Press. ISBN 9781906830168. OCLC 722720257.
  • Guest, Ann Hutchinson (2017). A selection from the Sigurd Leeder heritage. ISBN 9781906830816. OCLC 989698594.

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  1. ^ "DNBulletin, Fall 2007 (Vol. 10, No. 2) – Dance Notation Bureau" (PDF). Dance Notation Bureau. November 6, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Awards". Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "Guggenheim Fellowships 1998". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2011.

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