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Ann Giroux collection of Estelle Dennis photographs

 Collection — Box: 1 [31857001674759]
Identifier: PIMS-0093
Estelle Dennis was a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who founded the Estelle Dennis Dance Theatre in Baltimore in 1933. The collection contains 16 photographs of Estelle Dennis, her students, and her associates. Included is a photograph by Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine of Dennis and other dancers performing on the beach in 1947, a photograph of a dance at Rusty Rocks, and several photographs of an event featuring a singer and pianist. The collection also contains one hand-drawn poster for an event at the Estelle Dennis Dance Theatre.

Dates

  • approximately 1935-1965

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact peabodyarchives@lists.jhu.edu for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Photographs may not be reproduced for print or online publication before 2024.

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Extent

0.31 Cubic Feet (1 large flat box)

Biographical / Historical

Estelle Dennis was a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Born in Baltimore in 1909, she started her career as a dancer in New York for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and danced with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in the Denishawn Dance Company. After returning to Baltimore in 1930, she began teaching young dancers modern techniques from her Denishawn training. In 1933 she founded the Estelle Dennis Dance Theatre, which offered dance education and performances for decades in the Mount Vernon neighborhood and later at two branches outside Baltimore. She later transferred the studio to Louise Muse, a business partner and former student. Dennis died in 1996.

Ann Giroux is a historian who has conducted research on the Roland Park Company, including individuals associated with the company such as Estelle Dennis.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 16 photographs of Estelle Dennis, her students, and her associates. Included is a photograph by Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine of Dennis and other dancers performing on the beach in 1947, a photograph of a dance at Rusty Rocks, and several photographs of an event featuring a singer and pianist. The collection also contains one hand-drawn poster for an event at the Estelle Dennis Dance Theatre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ann G. Giroux in 2018.

Related Materials

Additional materials on the Estelle Dennis Dance Theatre can be found at the Goucher College Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Matt Testa in 2018.

Creator

Source

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Contact:
Arthur Friedheim Library
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA