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This topic includes dancers, choreographers, dance schools, dance companies, dance photography and art, dance writers and journalists, and organizations promoting and supporting dance.
Found in 95 Collections and/or Records:
MoMing Dance and Arts Center records
Abstract MoMing was a center in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood for dance training and avant-garde performance as well as an art gallery. It was formed in 1974 by Jackie Radis, Jim Self, Susan Kimmelman, Eric Trules, Kasia Mintch, Tem Horowitz, and Sally Banes. Along with local artists, it hosted many guest dancers and artists of renown, including Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, and Meredith Monk. It officially dissolved in 1991.
Dates: 1968-1991; Majority of material found within 1974-1990
Nancy Mattei Papers
Abstract Brochures, clippings, and reviews covering Mattei's career as a dancer at MoMing Dance and Arts Center in Chicago. Also includes some clippings about Mattei's sometime dance partner Charlie Vernon; about dancer-choreographer Jan Bartoszek; and about Chicago performance space Links Hall.
Dates: 1976-2001; Majority of material found within 1976 - 1982
Paula Gerard Renison Dance Sketches
Abstract Six pencil sketches of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancers drawn by artist Paula Gerard Renison during rehearsals and performances at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, 1938-1939.
Performing Arts Chicago records [OFFSITE]
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Performing Arts
Abstract STORED OFFSITE – Contact email@example.com for access. First known (in 1959) as the Fine Arts Music Foundation, and later as Chamber Music Chicago, the group changed its name to Performing Arts Chicago to reflect a diversification of programming. Programming, performance, and financial files of the organization.
Richard Covello papers
Abstract Dance and opera programs and souvenir books collected by arts critic Richard Covello. Also includes clippings and reviews by Covello.
Rodgers square dance research collection
Abstract Square dance historian and collector Donna Rodgers is the daughter and the wife of professional square dance callers, and a lifelong enthusiast. Formerly a part of the Crossing Trails Square Dance Heritage Society, an organization created by Donna and Duane Rodgers, the collection includes correspondence, organizational documents, books, magazines, photographs, recordings, videotapes, art work, and artifacts.
Dates: approximately 1943-1993
Rudy Horn Papers
Abstract Correspondence, clippings, photographs and memorabilia of Chicago entertainer known as the "Comedy King of Vaudeville." His father was Henry Horn, who operated and booked nightclubs in the early 1900s and was the onetime owner of Chicago's Green Mill Tavern. Born in 1909, Horn performed as a dancer, comedian, and emcee throughout the US and Europe.
Ruth Ann Koesun papers
Abstract Ruth Ann Koesun was born in Chicago and studied dance with Chicago teachers Edna Lucile Baum and Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1946, and retired from ABT as principal dancer in 1969. Papers include programs, publicity, and films highlighting Koesun's dance career.
Ruth Kilbourn Papers
Abstract Small collection of memorabilia, photographs and performance programs and announcements of Ruth Kilbourn, who ran a dance studio in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1940s. Includes a pair of toe shoes
Dates: approximately 1947-1949
Ruth Levy Dance Photographs
Abstract Ruth Levy, who performed as a dancer with the Pavley/Oukrainsky Junior Ballet, received a master’s degree in photography at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972. This collection includes her slides, negatives, proof sheets, and prints of dancers in several companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Ruth Page Chicago Ballet among others. Some of these photographs were...
Dates: 1928-1976; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1973
Ruth Page Foundation Records
Abstract Records of the Ruth Page Foundation, a cultural non-profit organization committed to the education, promotion, and presentation of dance in Chicago. Founded by Ruth Page in 1970, the Foundation continues to support a number of dance initiatives. Includes administrative, personnel, financial, and publicity materials for both the Foundation and the Ruth Page School of Dance.
Ruth Page papers
Abstract Personal papers of dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. Materials include correspondence, choreographic and technical notes, address books, programs, press clippings and scrapbooks, journals writings, photographs, business records, audio recordings, and musical scores. Featured dance works include The Bells, Carmen, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Frankie and Johnny, and Billy Sunday.
Ruth Pryor Memorabilia
Abstract Scrapbook of Ballet dancer Ruth Pryor, born in Chicago in 1906, who began her career in vaudeville as half of the team of "Gardel and Pryor." By 1929 she had become the premier danseuse of the Chicago Civic Opera, and appeared as the first American ballerina to be the Swan Queen in a special production of Swan Lake. The scrapbook includes many newspaper clippings, and a few articles and programs.
Sheila Malkind photographs
Abstract Malkind, a Chicago photojournalist, worked for the Ruth Page Foundation from 1981 to 1992. Her photographs primarily feature cultural life in Chicago, dance and performing arts events, as well as her personal life. The collection also includes clippings, correspondence, publicity materials, written work by Malkind and Ruth Page, and audio recordings.
Dates: 1960-2003; Majority of material found within 1985-1993
Stone-Camryn School of Ballet records
Abstract Chicago's Stone-Camryn School of Ballet was founded in 1941 by established dancers Walter Camryn and Bentley Stone. It became one of the most successful American ballet schools in placing its graduates in professional companies, and in creating new generations of dance teachers. Archives include personal and biographical material from Stone and Camryn, school records, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, programs, clippings, and choreographic notes.
Dates: 1865-1988; Majority of material found within 1910 - 1988
Sybil Shearer papers
Abstract Papers documenting the career of Northbrook, Illinois based modern dancer Sybil Shearer. Materials include correspondence, address books, writings, clippings, articles, programs, playbills, notebooks, dance notes (teaching, lighting and choreography), photographs, photograph albums, scrapbooks, drawings, slides, a family bible, a book signed by Anna Pavlova, ephemera and artifacts. Currently also includes photographs and negatives by Helen Balfour Morrison. Also includes costumes designed and...
Virginia Donaldson papers
Abstract Virginia Donaldson was the press agent for the New York City Ballet from 1966 to 1982 and also worked in publicity for Chicago area arts organizations. Her papers include programs, souvenir books, publicity, and working files of various dance companies and festivals all over the United States.
Dates: approximately 1930-1996
Virna Harman Walker Johnston papers
Abstract Correspondence, programs, report cards, and clippings relating to Chicago dancer and dance instructor Virna Harman Walker Johnston.
Dates: 1903-1959; Majority of material found within 1918-1930
William Frederking dance photographs
Abstract Black and white photographs of Chicago area dance companies and dancers taken by professional photographer William Frederking. Also included are publicity materials related to the dance companies and dancers Frederking photographed as well as personal materials such as correspondence.
Dates: 1985-2016; Majority of material found within 1990 - 2000
Zwiefka family dance papers
Abstract Materials related to Evelyn Zwiefka's, Grace Zwiefka Thuis's, and Diane Lewandowski's dance instruction in Chicago primarily through the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public School District. The women specialized in ballet, folk, Hawaiian, Polish, and Spanish dance.
Dates: 1890-1987; Majority of material found within 1906 - 1960