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Dancers: Lubovska, Kyra, Hasoutra, Laurka, Nadja, Roshanara, Ledova.
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld May 23, 2010

Dancers: Lubovska, Kyra, Hasoutra, Laurka, Nadja, Roshanara, Ledova.

Desiree Lubovska (Winniefred Foote)
Hasoutra (Ryllis Barnes Simpson)
Kyra (Kyra McKenzie)
Madam Laurka (Laurie Waring-de Henzeel)
Nadja (Beatrice Wanger)
Roshanara (Olive Craddock)
Stasia Ledova (Eleanor Alkens / Eleanore Aikins)

Desiree Lubovska

“…my grandmother, Winniefred Foote (b. Faribault, MN, June 21, 1893; d. Washington, DC 1974), who at the time, under the stage name Desiree Lubovska — she had not a drop of either French nor Russian blood, despite what can now be read in various places online, nor did she ever dance with Pavlova — was the premie`re danseuse and artistic director of her own dance troupe, the National Ballet Theatre. My grandfather died of either illness or gunshot wounds — accounts differ — in a revolution in Ecuador before my father was born.”
© Bill Thayer

“Mrs, Blanche Morgan Foote and her daughter, Mrs. Winniefred Faire Haughton of Washington. ... Mrs. Haughton membered as Desiree Lubovska, the internationally known dancer.”
© Winter Park Topics, 23 January 1942

“This emphasis on the individual qualities is also part of the training in the Ruth St. Denis company. Lubovska never attended the
school, but had her first legitimate stage appearance in the Ruth St. Denis company, and received her training from us along the lines of the Denishawn system. At the time we engaged her, she was dancing with her brother in a Los Angeles hotel grill modern dances for which she was obviously unfitted. Both she and her brother were engaged for the company, in which she appeared under the name of Mlle. Psychema. I taught her a Danse Egyptienne which suited perfectly her long lean lines, her sharp angles, and her rather exotic manner. In this dance she won great success, and the following season made a tour of the Orpheum and Keith theatres as a leading dancer, with this dance as her principal offering, and later appeared at the New York Hippodrome.”
© “Ruth St. Denis, pioneer & prophet : being a history of her cycle of oriental dances”

Hasoutra (Ryllis Barnes Simpson)

“Ryllis Barnes was born in St Louis Missouri on 24 September, 1899 .
She became a dancer for the Ziegfeld Follies and performed as a featured dancer in "Spice of 1922" on Broadway. Under the name, Hastoura, she traveled abroad to Europe and Asia and studied the indigenous dances of those regions. The style for which she was best known was a version of a Javanese dance. She also created original dances for the music of the Haitian composer Justin Elie. Her career as a dancer advanced mostly in the theatres of Europe and she gave only occasional recitals in New York after 1928.
After retiring from the stage, Ryllis was employed for 20 years by the US Foreign Service.
She married Sidney Simpson who became dean of the New York University Law School.
Ryllis Barnes Simpson died in New York in February 1978.”
© puzzlemaster

“Ryllis Barnes Simpson, 79, Dancer for Florenz Ziegfeld
Ryllis Barnes Simpson, who was a featured dancer for Florenz Ziegfeld in 1922 on the New Amsterdam Roof in New York and later served as a foreign-service officer for the State Department, died Saturday in Lenox Hill Hospital after a long illness. She was 79 years old and lived at 185 East 85th Street.
Mrs. Simpson, widow of Sidney Simpson, dean of the Law School at New York University, was known professionally as “Hastoura, the golden idol of New York, Paris, London,” and made four world tours between 1920 and 1950 with her own entertainment company. She was with the State Department form 1952 to 1972. She was a member of the Ziegfeld Club, 55 West 42d Street. She left no immediate survivors.”
© New York Times, 22 February 1978

“A School that has graduated Stars of International renown, among them: Charles Ray, Doris May, Glen Anders, Ryllis Hasoutra (Barnes), Chester Conklin”
© Broadcast, 1922

“Professor Simpson is survived by his widow, Ryllis Hasoutra Simpson; by his mother, Mrs. Harriette P. Simpson; and by a brother and four sisters.”
© Handbook, Association of American Law Schools, Association of American Law Schools. Meeting. (1948)

“I remember Hasoutra. Well known for her "Gold Number", "Peacock", and "Nautch".”
© Dance magazine, 1943

Kyra (Kyra McKenzie)

“…born in Memphis, Tenn. ”
© New York Tribune, 26 June 1921

“…trained by a Syrian dancer, and often appeared topless – between 1917 and 1925 – in oriental speciality dances...”
© D W Griffith & the American theatre by David Mayer

“...an exotic snake dancer from Poughkeepsie named Kyra...”
© “Griffith's Intolerance” by Russel Merrith

H. McKenzie Brings Cross Bill for Divorce and Asks Injunction.
CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 3.
“Arabian nights revels equaled only by their classic dance interpretations as co-stars in "The Whirl of New York" are charged against Kyra, known in private life as Mrs. Kyra McKenzie, and Alfred J. Symington in a cross bill for divorce filed in Circuit Court today by Herbert McKenzie, business manager for D.W. Griffith, moving picture producer.”
© NY Times, 4 January 1923

Madam Laurka
Laurie "Laurka" Waring-de Henzeel
1922 - Egyptian dance.
1926 - Sarashi dance.
1926 - Nautch, dances from India.

“Madam Laurka (who combined a dancing career with devising physical-therapy exercises and "medical gymnastics" for hospital patients — further linking Orientalism with health).”
© “Time and the dancing image” by Deborah Jowitt, 1989

“Laurie "Laurka" Waring-de Henzeel, 1929-1956”
© Guide to the Carl Link Papers

Beatrice Wanger (Nadja).

“But Claude Cahun's self-consciousness disturbs and leaves you feeling far more troubled. In every way, she is a surrealist figure. It is fitting that she should have been a close friend, probably a lover, of the original Nadja, the dancer and theosophist Beatrice Wanger, to whom she dedicated a poem, addressing it to Breton. Her friendship with Jacqueline Lamba Breton is more than fitting; Lamba was sensitive to originality, to art of all kinds, and to creative people.”
© Mary Ann Caws
“The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter”

“In this context, they grew close to an exotic dancer, an American expatriate named Beatrice Wanger, whose stage name was Nadja (like the heroine of Andre Breton)...”
© Tirza True Latimer
“Women together/women apart: portraits of lesbian Paris”

“Cahun reputedly had an amorous liaison with Beatrice Wanger, whose 'barefoot' free improvisational dancing style was compared to that of Isadora Duncan.”
© Welby-Everard.
“Imaging the Actor: the Theatre of Claude Cahun” (Oxford Art J.2006)

Claude Cahun

Theatre Esoterique
“founded by Berthe D'Yd and Paul Castan. The troupe specialized in what one reviewer described as "dramatic tableaux that made one dream, because of the preciousness and refinement of the palette, of Oscar Wilde's Salome. Cahun assisted with, and occasionally performed in, the theater's esoteric spectacles--which included Sar Peladan’s Babylone, La Prometheide, and Oedipe et le Sphinx. These productions were staged in a cultural center founded by the Societe Theosophique. Moore, by then an accomplished designer, offered her services to the company. The theatrical and fashion designs preserved in the Jersey Heritage Trust archives leave little doubt as to Moore's professional promise in this realm. Her schematic costume drawings, like the ones she conceived for stage idol Edward de Max, are sure-handed and expressive...”
© Tirza True Latimer

Roshanara (Olive Craddock) (1894-1926)
“'Roshanara' was born as Olive Craddock to an Irish military officer stationed in Calcutta in 1882. Her adopted stage name reflected her exotic dancing style which stemmed from her familiarity with Southeast Asian culture. She appeared onstage in London, toured with legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova, performed throughout India, and gave movement lessons to the young Bette Davis.
Roshanara died at the age of thirty-four from appendicitis” (VO, 1:21 July 1926).

“Learning of her death in 1926, Robert Henri (1865-1929) described Roshanara as having given "beauty to the world in her dancing and by her spirit for grace and poise" (Henri's diary, July 30, 1926, p. 13).”

Stasia Ledova
Stasia Ledowa
Alisa Stasia Ledova
Eleanor Alkens / Eleanore Aikins Lipscomb

“Stasia Ledowa, premiere danseuse of the Chicago Opera Company, danced "The Day of a Butterfly." Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson was Chairman of the Patroness”
© Aerial age, 1922

“Miss Violet Hamilton, Peter Aitken, Alisa Stasia Ledova”
© NY Times, 21 December 1927

Eleanore Aikins Lipscomb, 76, a popular ballet dancer.
Eleanore Aikins Lipscomb, 76, a popular ballet dancer in the United States and Europe in the 1920s and 1930s who performed under the name of Ledova, died Saturday. Born in Kansas City, Mo., she joined the ballet corps of the Chicago Opera at 17 and later performed in Europe. In the early 1930s, she became prima ballerina of the San Carlo Opera, a professional touring company. She retired shortly before World War II after appearing with her own company.
© Orlando Sentinel, 25 September 1985

“A former teacher of Margaret Fisher, Stasia Ledova (Eleanor Alkens), came to Kansas City for a major ballet appearance.”
© “Lelia: the compleat ballerina” by Harold George Scott. 1975

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