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St. Denis, Ruth

As is the case with many historic works, the lovely dances of Ruth St. Denis, are simple pieces which require artistry from the female performer. The technique is not demanding but only a mature artist will be able to achieve the vision of St. Denis. All of the following works are especially good for classroom use. Most were staged by St. Denis' longtime associate, Karoun Tootikian, and the notation scores are good.

No consultation is required but only someone familiar with the St. Denis style will be able to fully realize this choreography. None of the music requires permission or fees.


Portrait of Ruth St. Denis. Records of the Redpath Chautauqua Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 Brahms Waltzes Music Visualization

Music: Johannes Brahms
Length: Approx. 2 minutes
Costume: High waisted, flowing dress of silk or chiffon
Notation: 1970, good quality


Music: Leo Delibes
Length: 2 minutes, 45 seconds
Costume: Ragged Indian jacket and ragged doti wrapped around the legs. Wig and turban.
Set: a low bench
Notation: 1985, good quality


Music: Harvey Worthington Loomis
Length: 5 minutes, 30 seconds
Costume: Indian sari
Set: some simple props
Notation: 1981, good quality

 Kashmiri Nautch or Green Nautch

Music: Charles Wakefield Cadman: The Minstrel of Kashmira
Length: 2 minutes, 15 seconds
Costume: Long, elaborate skirt and cropped top
Set: low bench
Notation: 1981, good quality

 Lazy Nautch or Dance of the Heavenly Maiden

Music: Composer unknown
Length: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Costume: Voluminous circle skirt and veil
Set: Low bench
Notation: 1982, good quality

 Schubert Waltzes Music Visualization

Music: Franz Schubert, arranged by Louis Horst
Length: Approx. 5 minutes
Costume: Long silk or chiffon dress
Notation: 1970, good quality

 Siamese or Figure from Angor-Vat

Music: Irene Bergi: Siamese
Length: 2 minutes, 45 seconds
Costume: A slit sheath, cape, collar, jewels and belt.
Set: Low bench
Notation: 1982, good quality

 White Jade

Music: Clifford Vaughan: White Jade, Chinese Plastic
Length: 4 minutes, 45 seconds
Costume: Chiffon dress with overskirt and long scarf
Set: Several simple pieces
Notation: 1982, good quality

 White Nautch or Palace Nautch

Music: Composer unknown, arranged by Alexay
Length: 3 minutes, 30 seconds
Costume: elaborate full skirt and cropped top
Set: Bench
Notation: 1982, good quality

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