Denver Public Library
Collection includes business operation records; press releases; clippings; scripts; cast and audition information; production programs; production posters; musical manuscripts of pieces composed by Al Brooks; professional histories of Al Brooks and Maxine Munt; financial records, legal documents, correspondence from the Munt-Brooks Dance Studios; personal documents of Munt and Brooks include correspondence, educational, military and legal documents, travel logs, journals and memorabilia
Denver Public Library
Collection contains 17 posters documenting art events, museum exhibitions, political campaigns, performing events primarily in the Denver, Colo. metro area
University of Colorado, Boulder
Collection consists of 180 cassette tape recordings of interviews with 337 musicians
University of Denver - Penrose Library
Marda Kirn recounts her early life in Connecticut where she started ballet class with Olga Terrasova. She stopped dancing in college but later took a ballet class with Larry Boyette and decided that she must be in dance. Kirn was not a performer, so she taught dance at the Community Free School in Boulder, Colorado where her interest in dance films, workshops, and presentation began. Kirn talks about her avid interest in dance presentation and how it expanded over the years. She became the dance program coordinator at the Community Free School where she developed her expertise. She wanted to create dance festivals so that not only known dance troupes and performers could perform, teach and compete, but where new talent in dance and choreography could be introduced. With help from Bob Shannon and others she received funds to mount several small film festivals including the Boulder Dance Festival. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which was the foundation ... Read More
University of Denver - Penrose Library
James Burshears discusses the Koshare Indian Dancers, and how they were originally formed from his Boy Scout Troop 30 in La Junta, Colorado in 1933. The Scout troop spent their summers at Ralph Hubbard's ranch (northeast of Colorado Springs) listening to stories of the West and Indian lore, learning dances and helping out at the ranch. They presented pageants at the old Ute Theatre in Colorado Springs. This initial group of 18 to 20 boys was the foundation of the Indian dancing for the First Scout Jamboree in Washington, D.C. in 1937. The first three dances taught were the Ghost Dance, the Eagle Dance and the Sun Dance. Their dance repertory expanded as they visited the Gallup ceremonials and Pueblo Indians learning from each new experience. An oral tradition formed as the new, younger boys learned from the older ones. Burshears discusses the expansion of the Koshare Indian Dancers, the standards the boys must meet with their school work and Scout work to be a part of the Koshares and ... Read More
University of Denver - Penrose Library
Florence K. Ruston recounts her early years in Denver, Colo. where she began dancing at about four years of age with dance teacher Laura Shank. She talks about Denver at that time, "the horse and buggy days." Ruston also talks about performing in Denver as a child. Her mother took her to Hollywood, Calif. in the summers where she appeared in several silent films. Ruston relates auditioning for Hal Roach and taking dance lessons from Nico Cherisse with to- be stars such as Betty Grable, Cyd Cherisse, and Agnes de Mille. She appeared in several Hal Roach movies. She talks about her early teenage years when she began teaching elocution and tap dance. Ruston opened her own dance studio in the Tabor Building in Denver in 1933 after she graduated from East High School. She talks about how successful she was because she ran her studio as the business it was. Her students performed in annual recitals that she designed. She talks about accepting the position of dance teacher at Elitch's during ... Read More
University of Denver - Penrose Library
Lillian Covillo recounts her early years growing up in Denver, Colorado and attending St. Philomena's parochial school where she was first exposed to ballet through teacher, Lucille Brush. She discusses her early professional experiences, including assuming Brush's responsibilities for teaching dance at Cathedral High School, her association with the Denver Grand Opera Company, and her initial introduction to Freidann Parker and modern dancing through the Martha Wilcox modern dance group. She describes the early professional collaboration between herself and Parker through the Covillo-Parker School of Ballet. Covillo also describes the experiences of founding and making a success of the Colorado Concert Ballet, which was the precursor to the Colorado Ballet Company

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