The Judson dancer James Waring defended Hughes and, if I remember correctly, called him a saint (14) but not in prominent pages like those of the New York Times.
(3) Leslie Satin (in her chapter [#3] of Reinventing Dance in the 1960s, University of Wisconsin Press
, 2003) mentions the assertion that Hughes knew nothing about dance and, for advice, turned to his friend Fred Herko and to Herko's mentor James Waring
In no way, though, was Herko, Waring
, or anyone else Hughes's guide.
(14) James Waring's
letter in praise of Allen Hughes was, I thought, published by Arlene Croce in Ballet Review, but it isn't in BR 1, #6 - the Judson issue â€" or thereabouts.