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Edith Allard papers

Identifier: Dance-MS-Allard

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection consists of incoming letters, including ones from Rosella Hightower and Allard’s Paris teacher, Lubov Egorova, (a.k.a. Princess Nikita Troubetskoy), postcards and telegrams. Also, material regarding performances in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden, including clippings, programs and photographs of the 1960s. Also, business-related items such as schedules, contracts and a residence permit for Italy and the Teatro Alla Scala 1984-1985, a few miscellaneous photographs, programs, clippings, two art prints from LaScala, Milan, several small medals and nine oversize posters. Also includes 17 scanned images available online.

Correspondence to Ann Barzel is located in the Ann Barzel Papers, Correspondence Series.


  • Creation: 1955-1991



Materials are in English, French, Swedish, Italian, and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

The Edith Allard papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 5 folders at a time maximum (Priority II).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Edith Allard papers 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.

Biography of Edith Allard

American-born ballet dancer.

Edith Allard was born of Russian parents in Chicago, Illinois, March 16, 1927. Her family lived in Hoopeston, Illinois for several years where she began grammar school and her dance education. Later, they moved to Chicago and Allard studied with Mary Vandas. In 1945, she was awarded a scholarship at the School of American Ballet (in New York) for one year, where she studied with Oboukoff, Pierre Vladimiroff, and Muriel Stuart. By 1949 she had danced with Ruth Page's Chicago Opera Ballet, the Radio City Music Hall corps de ballet, and touring companies, including the Markova-Dolin company as soloist. In 1949 Allard left New York for Paris, motivated to study with the famous Russian ballerinas Lubov Egorova, Olga Preobrajenska, and Nicholai Zveroff from the Diaghilev ballet. She remained in Paris for 11 years. During the Paris years Allard was contracted at several locales: Theatre du Chatelet as soloist, music and ballet festivals with John Taras as choreographer at Aix en Provence and Geneva, Switzerland; opera season in Genoa, Italy; Danse et Culture as a soloist touring France; and the company "Le Rendezvous Manqué" with John Taras, touring Paris, Monte Carlo, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Boston, and New York. In 1960, Allard was contracted at the Malmö Stadsteater in Sweden as soloist for one year, followed by a summer touring operetta company as soloist. She danced in "My Fair Lady" in Gothernburg, Sweden, then was contracted at the Stora Teatern, Gothenburg, where she remained until 1971, also as a soloist. Allard took a leave of absence for one year (1963-1964) to dance with the Jazz Ballet in Stockholm, and then as Premiere Danseuse at the National Opera in Tel Aviv, where she also taught company classes. Returning to Gothenburg after her leave, she remained at the Stora Teatern until she retired at age 44 (the retirement age for Swedish dancers).

Immediately following her retirement as a dancer, Allard's teaching career began. From the fall of 1971 until 1974 she was the company teacher for the Ballet de Lyon (Opera de Lyon, France). She guest taught at Rosella Hightower's Centre de Danse in Cannes and several courses for the Federation Française de Danse Classique et Contemporaine. Allard returned to Sweden in 1974, where in Stockholm she taught professional dancers and children at the Balett Akademien, Ivo Cramer's Ballet, the Cullberg Ballet, all levels at the Royal Opera School (for eight years), the University College of Dance (for sixteen years), Norrköping Ballet, Kulturama, and other schools. From 1984 to 1985 Allard was at the Scala de Milano as teacher and assistant under the direction of Rosella Hightower. After that she served as guest teacher for the Ballet d'Avignon at the Opera d'Avignon, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, and all levels at the Royal Ballet School in London. Allard retired from teaching at the University College of Dance in 1992, and afterwards became an instructor for exercise groups for heart and lung patients, as well as teaching the Chinese exercise program of Qi-Gong.

Allard married Ingemar Larsson in 1974, who passed away in May 2009. Allard remained in Stockholm, Sweden, until her death on September 26, 2012, at the age of 85. - biography revised October 2, 2012.


2.1 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)


Letters, postcards, telegrams, contracts and schedules, clippings, photographs and programs of dance performances in Israel and Sweden, two art prints and a small collection of medals.


Arranged by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 1


Gift of Edith Allard, 2007, with subsequent donations.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Edith Allard papers, 1955-1991
Under Revision
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States