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Dance Horizons Records

Identifier: Dance-MS-Dance Horizons

Scope and Content of the Collection

Records, photographs, oversized materials, and films of Dance Horizons, 1958-1977.

Includes the clippings, class schedules, photos, and films of the classes offered by Dance Horizons; clippings and photographs of The Trio (a performance group consisting of Dance Horizons’ founders); and programs and films from performance by students and instructors from Dance Horizons. There are some miscellaneous items that include a post card with notes taken on the back and the draft of an article on the creation of boys only classes. There are also photos from the North Lake Dance Workshop 1960 which was hosted in part by The Trio.


  • Creation: 1958-1977



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Dance Horizons Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Dance Horizons Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of Dance Horizons

A modern dance company founded in 1958 by Suzanne (Sue) Ettlinger, Martha (Marti) Koplin, and Dorothy (Dotti) Mozen. The founders met in a modern dance class in North Shore. After discovering they shared both a similar background and a passion for modern dance the three created Dance Horizons as a school for creative movement in Highland Park. Their early classes focused primarily on children and youth instruction, but they would later expand to regularly offered adult classes as well. The founders also performed and hosted workshops as The Trio until the early 1960s when Mozen began to pursue other interests eventually leaving the school and moving to Berkley, California.

Operating in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation in Highland Park, Dance Horizons offered modern dance classes for children and adults. The focus on children was very important to Ettlinger and Koplin in hopes of developing increased mobility and body control, as well as inspiring creativity in their students. Their classes were offered both in the Highland Park Recreational Center and in the Highland Park Y.W.C.A. On some occasions Dance Horizons would also offer workshops and short programs at area elementary and high schools.

Students participated in performances and had the opportunity to attend special classes with guest instructors including Merce Cunningham, Daniel Nagrin, Katherine Litz, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Lewis, Don Redlich, and Charles Weidman. Dance Horizon also performed in local dance festivals, schools, and appeared regularly on WTTW in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The school closed after Ettlinger and Koplin’s retirement.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

12 items (6 DVDs and 6 open reels)


Films, photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings documenting the activities of a Highland Park modern dance venue consisting of three separate, but interrelated groups (The Trio, Dance Horizons, North Shore Dance Workshop) operated by Martha Koplin, Suzanne Ettlinger, and Dorothy Mozen, and active from 1958-1977. The three offered classes for children and adults, and held and filmed workshops with visiting artists including Merce Cunningham, Daniel Nagrin, Katherine Litz, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Lewis, Don Redlich, and Charles Weidman.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Records, 1958-1977
Box 1
Series 2: Films, 1958-1971
Audiovisual boxes (restricted)

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 6


Gift of Suzanne H. Ettlinger and Martha Koplin, 2010

Processed by

Amy McCoy, 2015.


Inventory of the Dance Horizons Records, 1958-1977
Amy McCoy
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-01-17: Audiovisual materials have been permanently removed from the collection for preservation. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States