Milestones: Jun. 3, 1985

DIED. John Martin, 91, dean of U.S. dance critics and tireless champion of the modern dance movement; in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. For 35 years at the New York Times, he was American dance's best friend and one of its harshest critics, presciently molding both an audience and a direction for pioneers of choreography like Martha Graham. Martin looked beyond the longestablished patterns of steps and positions, preaching that the elements of dance were an end in themselves. "The modern dance is not a system," he famously proclaimed, "it is a point of view."


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