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Bebe Miller
Born: September 20, 1950
Occupation: dancer
Born in Brooklyn, New York, where she was raised by her mother, Bebe Miller began childhood dance study with Murray Louis at the Henry Street Settlement on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In 1971 she graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, with a degree in art, and four years later earned her master's degree in dance from Ohio State University. From 1976 to 1982 Miller danced with Nina Weiner and Dancers, where she developed a quietly intense, passionate style. In 1984 she formed the Bebe Miller Company with an "interest in finding a physical language for the human condition." Miller's choreography has been noted for its mix of virtuosic, athletic speed and the fragile human impulse behind it. Miller has choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the PACT Dance Company of Johannesburg, South Africa. Among her awards and fellowships are two Bessie awards for performance (1986 and 1987), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988), and an American Choreographer Award (1988).

-- Thomas F. DeFrantz

Highwater, Jamake. "Bebe Miller, Picky Postmodernist." CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, July 11, 1990.
Zimmer, Elizabeth. "Bebe Miller Comes Home." DANCE MAGAZINE (December 1989): 3438.

Source Citation: "Bebe Miller."ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY. 5 vols. Macmillan, 1996. Reprinted by permission of Gale Group.