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Michael Kidd (August 12 1915December 23 2007) was an Americanmarker film and stage choreographer.

Life and career

Born Milton Greenwald in New York Citymarker on the Lower East Sidemarker, the son of Abraham Greenwald, an immigrant barber, and his wife Lillian, Michael Kidd moved to Brooklynmarker with his family and attended New Utrecht High School there. Becoming interested in dance after attending a modern dance performance, he went on to study under Blanche Evan, a dancer and choreographer who was a pioneer in the development of dance therapy. Nonetheless, he pursued chemical engineering at the City College of New Yorkmarker, which he attended from 1936 to mid-1937 before being granted a scholarship to the School of American Ballet.

His work for the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was noted for a series of energetic dances depicting ordinary frontier activities, including a barn raising. He also choreographed Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in the celebrated Girl Hunt Ballet from the 1953 musical film The Band Wagon.

He was both director and choreographer for the musical comedy film Merry Andrew, starring Danny Kaye.

Kidd's brother was celebrated psychotherapist Dr. Howard Greenwald and he was the uncle of filmmaker and political activist, Robert Greenwald.

Kidd died of cancer at the age 92 at his home in Los Angeles, Californiamarker


Kidd won five Tony Awards for choreography, and an honorary Academy Award in 1996 "in recognition of his services to the art of dance in the art of the screen".

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