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Denishawn Dance School

Founded in 1915 and run until 1932 by Ruth St Denis (originally Ruth Dennis; b. New Jersey, 20 Jan. 1877; d. Hollywood, 21 July 1968) and Ted Shawn (b. Kansas ...

Denishawn Dance School

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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... Dance School Founded in 1915 and run until 1932 by Ruth St Denis (originally Ruth Dennis; b. New Jersey , 20 Jan. 1877 ; d. Hollywood , 21 July 1968 ) and Ted Shawn (b. Kansas City , 21 Oct. 1891 ; d. Orlando, Fla. , 9 Jan 1972 ). St Denis had her first success with the exotic ballet Radha ( 1906 ), which she toured extensively in America and Europe. In 1914 she married Shawn, who had first appeared on stage in 1911 and was then touring with a small company. Their school was crucial to the development of American modern dance,...

Denishawn Dance School

Denishawn Dance School  

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Founded in 1915 and run until 1932 by Ruth St Denis (originally Ruth Dennis; b. New Jersey, 20 Jan. 1877; d. Hollywood, 21 July 1968) and Ted Shawn (b. Kansas ...
Denishawn School of Dancing

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... School of Dancing . This dance school and company opened in Los Angeles in 1915 , taking its name from its founders, Ruth St Denis ( 1879–1968 ) and her husband, Ted Shawn ( 1891–1972 ). Its main attention was devoted to modern dance, and it fostered such leading modern dancers as Martha Graham ( 1894–1991 ), Doris Humphrey ( 1895–1958 ) and Charles Weidman ( 1901–75 ). The company closed in 1931 after St Denis and Shawn...

Denishawn

Denishawn  

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The school and company of Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, from which most American modern dance descends. The school was founded in 1915 in Los Angeles, teaching many forms of dance including oriental, ...
Doris Humphrey

Doris Humphrey  

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(born 17 October 1885 in Oak Park, Illinois, died 29 December 1958 in New York City), dancer and one of the founders of American modern dance. Doris Humphrey decided early ...
Charles Weidman

Charles Weidman  

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(b Lincoln, Nebr., 22 Jul. 1901; d New York, 16 Jul. 1975)US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He studied with E. Frampton, T. Koslov, and at Denishawn and after dancing in Shawn's Broadway show, ...
Ruth St Denis

Ruth St Denis  

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(originally Ruth Dennis; b Somerville, NJ, 20 Jan. 1879; d Hollywood, Calif., 21 Jul. 1968)US dancer, teacher, and choreographer who is considered one of the pioneering influences in American modern ...
Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown  

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(b Fitchburg, Mass., 26 Sept. 1927)US dancer and choreographer. She studied with her mother, Marion Rice, herself a student of the Denishawn school, and graduated in philosophy from Wheaton College ...
Martha Graham

Martha Graham  

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(1893–1991)US dancer and choreographer and one of the most influential teachers of modern dance. She was appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1984.Graham became interested in dance after ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Denishawn The school and company of Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, from which most American modern dance descends. The school was founded in 1915 in Los Angeles, teaching many forms of dance including oriental, primitive, and German modern dance, and further studios rapidly spread throughout the US. Many of the early modern dance pioneers were taught at Denishawn including Graham , Humphrey , Shurr , Weidman , and Cole , and its musical director was Horst. Dancers from the school, performing with its founders, formed the Denishawn company which toured...

St Denis, Ruth

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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...first American dancer to incorporate the traditions of *vaudeville and *legitimate stages into the emerging indigenous concert *dance movement. Beginning with Radha , her 1905 self-described ‘dance translation’, St Denis combined popular and ethnic dance steps with a visually entertaining, fully theatricalized *mise-en-scène , winning her acceptance in the United States and Europe as a ‘classic’ dancer in the same category as *Duncan . In 1916 she and husband Ted Shawn founded Denishawn, a Los Angeles-based dance school and *touring ...

Denishawn

Denishawn (1914 to 1931)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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... . A performing dance company and a dance school that existed in the United States from 1914 to 1931 , Denishawn was an outgrowth of the marriage and performing partnership of the two American dancers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn . Already famous as a solo dancer in the United States and Europe, St. Denis combined with Shawn in 1914 to form a dance company that always included at least one of them. It made some twenty-five tours of the United States, both in vaudeville and as concerts, until it was dissolved after their New York Lewisohn Stadium...

St Denis, Ruth

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Lynne Conner

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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... 1916 she and husband Ted Shawn founded Denishawn, a Los Angeles -based dance school and touring company. A watershed experiment in dance pedagogy and performance, Denishawn was responsible for several generations of influential dance and theatre artists, among them Hollywood starlets Louise Brooks and Lillian Gish and the modern dancers Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey . Lynne...

Horst, Louis

Horst, Louis (12 Jan 1884)   Reference library

Barbara Palfy

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...elementary school, the end of his formal education, he took up piano, honed his skills, and soon supported himself as a musician, playing ragtime and improvisations in dance and gambling halls, performing with theater pit orchestras, and accompanying solo classical recitalists. On the West Coast in 1915 , Horst encountered Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, who hired him as accompanist for their Denishawn company and subsequently as music director of their new school. He remained for ten years. Immersed in the developing new abstract form of dancing, he examined...

Mumaw, Barton

Mumaw, Barton (20 Aug 1912)   Reference library

Norton Owen

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...June 2001 ). Dancer . Raised in Florida, he saw a life-changing performance there by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in 1928 . He soon entered their Denishawn school in New York and made his professional debut with the company in 1931 . He became a pioneering modern dancer who performed on the concert stage for more than 50 years. From 1933 to 1940 Mumaw was a primary force in the groundbreaking tours by Shawn's Men Dancers, creating leading roles and performing in more than 750 cities across the United States and abroad. After the Men Dancers disbanded,...

Shawn, Ted

Shawn, Ted (21 October 1891)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...the first Denishawn group in New York and thus initiated the international development of the Denishawn school and company. There followed, beginning in 1922 , three concert tours of the United States with the Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn and the Denishawn Dancers and then, in 1925–1926 , the fifteen-month tour that brought the first U.S. dance company to Asia. Shawn wielded incalculable influences on the American modern dancers Graham, Weidman, and Doris Humphrey , who were his students at the Denishawn school and co-performers in his Denishawn company from...

Liturgical and religious dance

Liturgical and religious dance   Reference library

Claude Conyers

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...dances of Native Americans, performed by various culture groups in the eastern woodlands, the midwestern plains, the southwestern region, and along the Pacific coast. ( See Native american music : dance .) Modern dancers ted Shawn and Ruth St Denis, who founded a school called Denishawn in Los Angeles in 1915 , were both interested in religious dance. Shawn based a number of his theatrical dances on Native American dances, including Invocation to the Thunderbird , an early solo performed with the Denishawn company, and Ponca Indian Dance and ...

Weidman, Charles

Weidman, Charles (22 Jul. 1901)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...Weidman, Charles ( b Lincoln, Nebr. , 22 Jul. 1901 ; d New York , 16 Jul. 1975 ) US dancer , choreographer , and teacher . He studied with E. Frampton , T. Koslov , and at Denishawn and after dancing in Shawn's Broadway show, Xochitl , and briefly with Graham in 1921 , he joined Denishawn. He toured widely with the company until 1927 when he and Humphrey left to form their own school and company which lasted until 1945 . The works he choreographed for this, such as And Daddy Was a Fireman Too ( 1943 ) often dealt with American social...

St. Denis, Ruth

St. Denis, Ruth (27 January 1879)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...in Los Angeles, where they established a school. The Ruth St. Denis School of the Dance and Its Related Arts, or Denishawn as it became known, opened in the summer of 1915 to a clientele that included silent film actresses eager to polish their gestural skills, aspiring dancers, and young ladies who attended Denishawn as a finishing school. Among those students were Martha Graham , who came to Denishawn in the summer of 1916 , and Doris Humphrey , who arrived the following year. Louis Horst joined Denishawn as music director and offered courses in...

Shawn, Ted

Shawn, Ted (21 Oct. 1891)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...1972 ) US dancer , teacher , and choreographer . He began studying ballet in Denver in order to recover from illness and made his first public appearance as a dancer there in 1911 . He opened a dance school in Los Angeles where he appeared in an early dance film, Dance of the Ages . During 1914 he toured with a small company and in New York he met and married Ruth St Denis . They toured together as partners, then in 1915 founded Denishawn . Both as a school and a company this was seminal in the development of American modern dance. The company...

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