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Cast overview:
Duane Wager ...
The Dancing Master
The Young Dancer
Anna Dodge ...
The Landlady
Ted Shawn ...
Miniature Dancer
Norma Gould ...
Miniature Dancer


With the two principals in a ballet of forty dancers that is a feast to the eye. Back of this novelty there is woven a simple tale of an old fashioned dancing master, in his little garret room, who still clings to the old fashioned dances of grace and movement. Over his bowl of milk and crackers his head sinks to the table and in dreamland he becomes the dancing master of renown once again. At a great banquet table he meets his old cronies who have come together to discuss the progress of their art and thus, before these gray-haired men, we are shown the Dances of the Ages. On the table before them appear dainty, tiny figures who flit before their gaze; a corps of wonderful miniature dancers. They dip back in the annals of time to the pre-historic dance of primitive man, who creeps from his cave and delights his mate with his barbaric movements to the sound of her tom-tom. Now we have the slow, crawling incense and weird, snakelike movements of the Dance of the Priest of Ra, before an... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 May 1913 (USA)  »

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Needless spoiling of this beautiful picture
10 September 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

We can not forbear deploring the needless spoiling of this beautiful picture. It gives us a baker's dozen dances by thoroughly competent artists whose grace-filled motions are like nothing so much as music. They are presented as in a dream by double exposure, and are in themselves a joy forever. But, along the table on which their feet keep tune, a dozen men, called dancing masters, but who know nothing of harmony or motion, interrupt continually with jarring discord. It is too bad. Yet, for the shards of poetry that remain in it still, it is a commendable offering; and perhaps, as teaching a needed lesson, the contrast of beauty and ugliness, will make it more effective. J.S. Dawley produced it. - The Moving Picture World, June 7, 1913

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