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Denishawn dance film
Additional title: Dance of the ages
Additional title: Dances of the ages
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Dancer)
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Dancer)
Gould, Norma, 1888-1980 (Dancer)
Denishawn Dancers (Dancer)

Denishawn Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1915 - 1917 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1724
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-3572 (former)
Modern dancing -- United States -- 1911-1920
Denishawn School of Dancing
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Some corrections given by Dance Division patron.
Venue: Filmed at the Denishawn School on 6th and Pearl St., in Los Angeles, Calif. in summer 1915 or summer 1916 and at the Westlake School for Girls in 1917.
Citation/reference: Terry, Walter. Ted Shawn, 1976, p. 18, 49 (The Dance of the Ages) ; Shawn, Ted. One thousand and one night stands, 1979, p. 14-15 (The Dance of the Ages) ; Siegel, Marcia B. "The cake with the stripper inside," Hudson review, vol. 31, no. 1, spring 1978, p. 157 (Dances of the Ages).
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Betacam SP) (12 min.) : silent, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Brief scenes of Denishawn house, Los Angeles, Ruth St. Denis teaching class, leading students in a dance, and in Oriental costume with a peacock; Ted Shawn auditioning small girl wearing pointe shoes; informal shots of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn; Denishawn students at play. The compilation concludes with a 1913 Thomas Alva Edison Company special effects film, The Dances of the Ages, in which Norma Gould, Ted Shawn and dancers perform miniaturized on a banquet table top; Shawn's scenario of brief dances evokes historical eras from the Stone Age to the early twentieth century.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY737034859-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12147353
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cf5f2590-f875-0130-f348-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1891: Creator Born
  • 1915: Created (Approximate)
  • 1972: Creator Died
  • 2021: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Denishawn dance film" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1915 - 1917.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Denishawn dance film" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 28, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1915 - 1917). Denishawn dance film Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Denishawn dance film