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dancer , head of own school

Ruth St. Denis, American dancer, head of own school.

Background

Denis, Ruth St. was born on January 20, 1879 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Thomas L. and Ruth Emma (Hull) St. Denis.

Education

Educated district school.

Career

Began as professional dancer, 1906, and went to Europe same year. Continued there 2 years, appearing principally in Germany. Toured United States, 1910.

Founded, with husband, the Denishawn School in Los Angeles. Toured the Orient, 1925-1926, and has made many tours of the United States with husband. Moved school to New York City, 1920, and built Denishawn House, Van Cortlandt Park, 1929.

Left Denishawn House and now producing religious pageants. Lecturing since 1931. Revised Radha (dance which made her famous), summer 1941.

Incorporated Society of Spiritual Arts and Church of Divine Dance, California. Incorporated Ruth St. Denis Foundation, 1948. Has theatre and monthly church services.

Author: Lotus Lights (verse), 1932. Ruth St. Denis: Unfinished Life. Hollywood California.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Lotus Lights (verse), 1932. Ruth St. Denis: Unfinished Life. Hollywood California.

Connections

Married Ted Shawn, August 13, 1914.

father:
Thomas L. Denis

mother:
Ruth Emma (Hull) St. Denis

spouse:
Ted Shawn