Hawkins, Erick [Frederick]
- Elizabeth Aldrich
(b Trinidad, CO, April 23, 1909; d New York, NY, Nov 23, 1994). American dancer and choreographer. After graduating from Harvard University in 1930, Hawkins went to Austria to study modern dance with Harald Kreutzberg. Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled in the School of American Ballet in 1934, founded that year by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. Hawkins danced from 1935 to 1937 in the American Ballet (later the New York City Ballet). In 1937 he received his first commission for a ballet, Show Piece, to a score by Robert McBride. After studies with noted American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, Hawkins joined her company as its first male dancer and created leading roles in many of her most celebrated works, such as the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring (1944). (Hawkins and Graham were married from 1948 to 1954.) After leaving Graham’s company in ...