Arthur Mahoney

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Born(1904-07-19)July 19, 1904
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 3, 1985(1985-08-03) (aged 81)
Jackson, Mississippi
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Educator
Known forchoreography and performances at Jacob's Pillow
Spouse(s)Thalia Mara (born Elizabeth Simons) (m. 1939; separated 1964)

Arthur Mahoney (19 July 1904 — 3 August 1985), born in Boston, was a ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, and 18th century court dancer.

Mahoney was inspired to become a ballet dancer upon seeing a magazine photo of Vaslav Nijinsky. He then moved to New York and studied ballet with Luigi Alberteri, ballet master at the Metropolitan Opera, where in 1926 at age 19, he received his first professional engagement and his debut as soloist in “La Vestale” by Gaspare Spontini.[1] Mahoney danced with the Metropolitan Opera for two seasons.

Paris 1928-29, Mahoney studied with Bronislava Nijinska and joined Ida Rubenstein's Ballet company. At this time he met his future wife Thalia Mara, who was also studying ballet with Nijinska, as well as with Nicholas Legat and Olga Preobrajenska.

In 1935, Mahoney joined the faculty of the Julliard School as its dance director.

(c1944?) Mahoney and Thalia Mara, founded and became artistic directors of the School of Dance Arts at Carnegie Hall

In 1947, Mahoney and Thalia Mara became managing directors at Jacob’s Pillow during Ted Shawn's leave of absence. They created a resident dance company, “Ballet Repertory” with a group of approximately 18 dancers of equal status.[2]

In 1962, Mahoney and Mara founded the National Academy of Ballet and Theater Arts.

Performances (Selection)

1926 Metropolitan Opera: Debut dancing in “La Vestale” by Gaspare Spontini [3]
1927 Philadelphia Academy of Music: repeat of “La Vestale”[4]
Jolson Theatre: Mahoney performed with the Adolph Bolm Co. in “The Rivals, A Chinese Legend”[5]
1928 Opera de Paris: Mahoney performs in the premier of "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel
1929 Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires): Mahoney and Thalia Mara perform with Opera Rusa, a touring company originated in Paris as Opéra Privé de Paris under Michel Fokine
1930-1 Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre: Mahoney performed in Roger Pryor Dodge’s Trio with Jack Nile, in Billy Rose’s review “Sweet and Low”, to Duke Ellington’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo,” accompanied by cornetist James "Bubber" Miley
1931 Roxy Theater: multiple appearances with Dodge Trio in "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Black & White Review," and "Manhattan Serenade"
1932 Roxy Theatre: Dodge Trio in "Manhattan Serenade"
1934 Lewisohn Stadium: Mahoney and Rita De Leporte perform in "Carmen" (Georges Bizet)[6]
The Juilliard School of Music: Mahoney performed in George Antheil’s opera "Helen Retires". This success led Juilliard to immediately hire Mahoney in 1935 as teacher and dance director[7][8][9]
1936 Juillard: Mahoney was the choreographer and lead dancer in the ballet-pantomime, "Joseph and his Brethren" by Werner Josten[10][11][12][13][14]
: 92nd Street Y: First National Dance Congress Festival, “The outstanding item from the standpoint of audience approval was Mr. Mahoney’s excellently danced farruca in the manner of Escudero….Mr. Mahoney’s revivals of a sarabande and an allemande in the authentic style were also among the evenings’s best numbers”[15]
Lewisohn Stadium: Mahoney and Mara perform in "Carmen" (Bizet)
1937 Guild Theater: Program includes "Gaillarde Tambourin," "Roi Soleil," "Allemande," "Musette," "Sevillanas," Alegrias," "Farruca," and "Bulerias"[16]
1939 Lewisohn Stadium: Mahoney and Mara perform in "Carmen" (Bizet)
1941 Court Dances” 18th century court dances to George Frideric Handel ("Alcina" Suite) and Luigi Boccherini with Thalia Mara. A "Serénade Espagnole" (pasodoble) by Bizet[17]
Brooklyn Academy of Music: "Spanish Folk Fiesta", music by Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, with Thalia Mara. Mahoney dances a farruca, ensemble dances sevillanas[18]
1942 "Le Roi Soleil" (Jean-Baptiste Lully). Closing with a duo, a 19th Century "Bolero"[19]
1943 Jacob's Pillow: with Thalia Mara, dancing "Serenata Español" (Georges Bizet), "Blue Fantasy" (Ernesto Lecuona), "Jota Argonese" (de Falla)
Jacob's Pillow: with Thalia Mara, "Bolero", "Cordoba" (Albéniz), "Blues in the Night" (Harold Arlen)
1944 Diane Chasseresse" (Bach), "Rigaudon-Impromptu" (François Couperin), "La Valse Viennoise" (Johann Strauss II|Johann Strauss)
Jacob's Pillow: "Crosstown" ballet in one act, story and choreography by Mahoney, music by Tom Scott (composer)|Tom Scott; story of boxer Slugger Joe, with Mahoney, Mara and company; "Bolero"; "La Valse Viennoise" (Strauss)
Jacob's Pillow: "Blues in the Night" (Arlen), "Seville Comes to Harlem" (Lecuona)
1945 New York City Center: dance recital with Thalia Mara[21]
Lewisohn Stadium: Mahoney and Mara perform in "Carmen" (Bizet), choreography by Mahoney[22]
1947 Tom Scott; story of boxer Slugger Joe, with Mahoney, Mara and company; "Ballads from the Blue Ridge" (Tom Scott), staged by Mahoney, with Mahoney, Mara and company
Jacob's Pillow: with Thalia Mara, "Serenade Espagnole" (Bizet), "Jota Aragonese" (de Falla), solo: "Iberian Rhythms"[23]
Jacob's Pillow: "Mount Parnassus|Parnassus" ballet in one act (Handel), choreography by Mahoney, Mahoney, Mara, and company
Jacob's Pillow: "La Notche [sic] Clara" (Bright Night)—Ballet by Mahoney, music by Albéniz, with Mahoney, Mara, and company; "Parnassus". “1st season as directors of festival and school...Mahoney’s knowledge of the Spanish dance is extensive”[24]


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  1. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  2. “The Dance: summer Casts Shadows Before, New Directors for Jacob’s Pillow” John Martin. The New York Times (19 January 1947)
  3. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  4. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  5. Dance Index vol 7, nos. 4, 5. 1948 Dance Index-Ballet Caravan, Inc. p.108
  6. Retrieved August 9, 2020
  7. Dancer’s Almanac and Who’s Who 1940, ed. Ruth Eleanor Howard (New York, 1940):70
  8. Helen Retires. The Cincinnati Enquirer (2 September 1934):37
  9. Garafola, Lynn. George Antheil and the Dance (Ballet Review, Fall 2001)
  10. Joseph and His Brethren Juilliard School[…]choreographie d’Arthur Mahoney. Paris:Le Ménestrel—Musique et Théatres. (3 April 1936):115
  11. Joseph Arnold, Kay. Joseph and His Brethren. The American Dancer (May 1936)
  12. Big Audiences for N.Y., Chicago, Philly Recitals. The Billboard, (28 March 1936):4
  13. Juilliard to Give Ravel Opera and Josten Ballet. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (9 February 1936):42
  14. Downes, Olin. Josten’s Ballet Offered Uptown:Juilliard School theatre Scene of ‘Joseph and His Brethren,’ Given by Students. The New York Times (10 March 1936):26 Retrieved August 1, 2020
  15. Martin, John. First Congress of Dancers Opens. The New York Times (19 May):27
  16. Miss Mara and Mahoney Give Program of Dances. New York Herald Tribune (29 November 1937):8
  17. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  18. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  19. Retrieved August 1, 2020
  20. Dance Magazine—cover photo (January 1944)
  21. Martin, John. Dance Team Seen in Mixed Program; Arthur Mahoney and Thalia Mara Score at City Center in Miscellany of Styles. The New York Times (12 February 1945)
  22. ““Carmen” Pulls ‘Em at Stadium.” The Billboard (21 July 1945):3
  23. Martin, John. The Dance: Events. The New York Times (13 July):52
  24. Martin, John. The Dance:Jacob’s Pillow. The New York Times (7 September)2