USPS honors innovative choreographers

August 4th, 2012

On National Dance Day the U.S. Postal Service paid tribute to four influential choreographers who forever changed the art of dance in this country and around the world: Isadora Duncan, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham and Bob Fosse.

Designed to look like posters advertising a performance, the colorful stamps capture the art of the individual dance styles. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps using illustrations by James McMullan, widely known for his work for Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

The U.S. Postal Service has paid tribute to the art of dance five previous times: American Dance (1978, Ballet, Theater, Folk, Modern); American Indian Dances (1996, Fancy Dance, Butterfly Dance, Traditional Dance, Raven Dance, Hoop Dance); Ballet (1998); American Choreographers (2004, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine); and Let's Dance (2005, Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha, Mambo).