Genevieve Stebbins in Boston

Jody Marie Weber’s 2009 study, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published by Cambria Press.  It offers a local Bostonian perspective of the work in which Stebbins was engaged when she married Norman Astley in 1893:

It was MacKaye’s student, Genevieve Stebbins, who had the greatest impact on Delsartism in its capacity as an expressive art for women.  Stebbins believed deeply that Delsarte’s theories were inspired directly by ancient Greece…Stebbins would expand the Delsarte model, emphasizing the harmonious balance of mind, body, and spirit, and providing the foundation for legitimacy of female physical expression…. (p. 32)Stebbins’s profound interest in spiritual and scientific ideas concerning breath, imagination, and the interplay between mind, body, and spirit supplied the pioneers of interpretive dance with an ample philosophical base for their movement explorations.  Her work in Boston and New York had a powerful impact on the Northeast, and her widely distributed texts expanded her influence nationally.(p. 39)