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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 series of short films for Thomas Edison, including Dances of the Ages (1913). In 1914 he met and married dance star Ruth St. Denis. They became a huge hit ... See full bio »


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Dances of the Ages
Dances of the Ages Miniature Dancer


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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)
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