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Barbara Ann Teer (1937–2008) was a renowned writer, director, producer, actor and visionary. She was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to parents who were teachers and she graduated High School early at age 15. She took up dance and went on to graduate with distinction in Dance Education at University of Illinois. Post graduation, she went to Europe and studied Dance with expressionist dance pioneer Mary Wigman in Berlin. Moving to New York in 1957, as a dancer she toured with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Louis Johnson Dance Company and the Pearl Bailey Las Vegas Revue. In 1961, Teer made her Broadway debut as dance captain in the Tony award-winning musical Kwamina, which was choreographed by Agnes de Mille.