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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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and the limit to this is -when any
artist coming from across the waters
is honored for that reason alone, and
any artist born on our own soil, no
matter how fine, is considered infe
rior on the ground: "What .good can
come out of Nazareth?"
Ruth St. Denis is an American girl,
horn in New Jersey of New England
parents. She lived on a farm near
Somerville until she was about 13.
She loved to dance and despite pov
erty secured spme training and went
into vaudevifle. Then she joined Be
lasco's company and for five years
played speaking parts, but finally
conceived the idea of the Oriental
dances which have revolutionized the
world of dance. .
But at first the fact that she was
an American weighed against her.
After she had spent years abroad and
her work had received unstinted
praise from every Old-World capital,
she returned to America and re
ceived from her own people belated
approval, given only after they were
sure that this was something that
"dear old London went crazy about.
Ruth St. Denis is now gathering
about her an all-American company.
She believes that America provides
the best material in the "world for
dancers. At the school of '"Deni
shawn" she hopes to establish an in
stitution where American girls and
boys can study this wonderful art
and come to fruition in their own
country. Strange to say, the Russian re
naissance which has been so pat
ronized by the American public ad
mits the majority of its influence as
due to Isadora Duncan and Ruth St.
Denis, two American girls. They
were the first, each in her own way,
to start this great wave of dance
which has deluged the world.
The Ruth St. Denis school is the
"individual" school; that is, using the
material and traditions of the past
only when needed and really useful,
and out of them in the white-heat of
inspiration, fashioning works of art!
which are unique and distinct from
the conventional patterns of the
past
Constantly' out of this great mind
are coming pictures of beauty and
dances of marvelous freshness. Con
sider "The Spirit of the Sea," how
she rises undulating from her long
green draperies and tossing her
foam-colored hair. And then how fjy
quality the heavily kimonoed fig
ure of such precise movements.
Here let it be said that the Japan
Society of American officially com
mended Ruth St Denis' Japanese
dance plays and asked her to go to
Japan and persuade the modern Jap
anese girls to return to the classic
dances of old Japan instead of taking
up the awful "rag" dances of the
present day.
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WHAT DAME FASHION IS DOING
By Betty Brown
Are skirts to be longer or shorter?
Neither Paris nor New York seems
to know, and they will probably not
issue any final decision. The length
or brevity of a skirt depends much
on the person who wears it and on
the material used, also on the gen
eral lines of the gown that each de
signer must be a law unto herself
and make the skirt to become the
wearer rather than to please-Dame
Fashion.
Most of the new eveningv gowns
are two-toned, and two or Ijiree ma
terials tulle, lace, chiffon are used
in their creation. The orchid shades
are leading all others, though a love
ly color for a brunette is the new
shade of bronze.
Pockets pouch out on almost every
one-niece gown. Some of them ar
just make-believe patches, with not Cj)
even a place in them for a "hanky."
Plaid hosiery came in for sports
suits, but girls who never golf are
wearing plaid stockings.
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Youngstontown, 0., has nominat
ed Caradog Davis for dogcatcher. '

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