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Donny Levit

dancer, choreographer, and director, was born Beryl Miller in Brooklyn, New York, to Hazel Carter Miller, an elementary school nurse. Miller and her mother relocated to Queens in the early 1960s. Her introduction to dance began under the tutelage of Murray Louis at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She was exposed to dancers such as Louis, as well as others who studied under and collaborated with the innovative choreographer Alwin Nikolais. With Louis, Miller became familiar with the concepts of composition and improvisation. When she was twelve years old Miller studied ballet. She felt quite isolated during the study of this particular dance form and refers to the experience as “disastrous,” explaining that it discouraged her from rigorously studying dance until her college years (discussion with author, 10 Dec. 2006).

In 1967 Miller left New York to ...