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The school and company of Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, from which most American modern dance descends. The school was founded in 1915 in Los Angeles, teaching many forms of dance including oriental, primitive, and German modern dance, and further studios rapidly spread throughout the US. Many of the early modern dance pioneers were taught at Denishawn including Graham, Humphrey, Shurr, Weidman, and Cole, and its musical director was Horst. Dancers from the school, performing with its founders, formed the Denishawn company which toured widely until 1931 when the couple separated and disbanded both it and the school.

Subjects: Dance.

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