(born 19 August 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, died 1 August 1992 in Ann Arbor, Michigan), dancer, scholar, and author, known as the “mother of dance ethnology.” Kurath was born into a family that cherished intellectual and artistic pursuits: her mother was a pianist, and her father, a linguist, was Sterling Professor at Yale University. Kurath received two degrees from Bryn Mawr, a bachelor of arts in 1922 and a master of arts in 1928 in art history, which later led her to reconstruct Renaissance and Baroque dances. In 1930 she married the renowned linguist Hans Kurath. They had two children, Ellen and Edward.
From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.