With nothing more than her talents, courage, and determination to give definition to her vision for ballet education, Mignon Furman started the American Academy of Ballet: It soon became the premier Summer School in America.
She also composed Performance Awards which is taught all over America, and is an international phenomenon, praised by teachers in America and in 10 other countries. Much of the success of the Performance Awards is due to her choreography: She was a superb choreographer. Her many compositions are free of cliché. They have logic, harmony, style, and ultimately, beauty.
Mignon also composed seven instructional videos for the teaching of classical ballet. She was a remarkable teacher. Her prodigious knowledge, and classical style gave her dancers the recognizable “Furman” look. She was also qualified to teach ballroom and Victorian dance.
Margot Fonteyn, with whom she was friendly, gave her invaluable advice, during several detailed discussions about the technical, and artistic aspects of the classical ballet. Mignon had the good fortune to benefit from the wisdom, and unique experience of a world-famous ballerina.
Coupled with her ballet skills was a tireless energy in organizing. She was a planner and administrator par excellence.
Before coming to New York, Mignon was the Director of the University of Cape Town Ballet School, with special responsibility for teacher-training. She formulated the program for the 80 trainee teachers, and 400 students at the Ballet School. She was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award from amongst the entire university’s academic staff of 1,500 professors, and lecturers. She also formulated the syllabus for ballet in the public schools, and was the head-examiner for many years.