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Howle Fisher Collection of Denishawn School of Dancing Choreography

Identifier: MSS 0149

Scope and Contents

The Howle Fisher Collection of Denishawn School of Dancing Choreography dates from 1924 to 1933 and contains notation and choreography for performing dances of the Denishawn School.


  • circa 1924-1933


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Ruth St. Denis (1880-1968) grew up on a farm in New Jersey and began vaudeville dancing in 1906. She was intrigued by the cultures of Egypt, Arabia and India, and many of her dances reflected this interest. Her scanty costumes and sensual dancing shocked her audiences. In 1914, she married one of her disciples, a young dancer from Denver named Ted Shawn (1891-1972). Until their separation in 1931, the couple conducted the Denishawn School of Dancing in California, created new pieces and toured with their own troupe, the Denishawn Dancers.

The original source of these notes was Howle Fisher, former member of the Denishawn Dancers. Fisher joined the group in October 1924, and performed in such trademark numbers as "Vision of the Aissoua" and "Cuadro Flamenco." He received certification to teach Denishawn dance techniques at the university level and performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In 1933 he opened The Loft, his own dance studio, in Richmond, Virginia.


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Ruth St. Denis (1880-1968) was one of the founders of the Denishawn School of Dance; Howle Fisher was a former member of the Denishawn Dancers. This collection dates from 1924 to 1933 and contains notation and choreography for performing dances of the Denishawn School.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to University Archives by Sue Stinson, faculty member in the Dance Department, November 1998.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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