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Ted Shawn (1891–1972)

Often called "The Father of American Dance", Ted Shawn was born in 1891. In his early 20s he was dancing professionally in Los Angeles. He teamed with Norma Gould, and in 1913 they starred in a film for Thomas Edison, Dances of the Ages (1913). In 1914 he met and married dance star Ruth St. Denis. They became a huge hit on the theater circuit and ... See full bio »


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Known For

Dances of the Ages
Dances of the Ages Miniature Dancer
Glorifying the American Girl
Glorifying the American Girl Miscellaneous Crew


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 1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)
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 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (ballet ensembles)
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 1913 Dances of the Ages (Documentary short)
Miniature Dancer
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With wife Ruth St. Denis, founded the Denishawn Dance Co. and school.

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