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ijggJ THE OGDEN STANDARD liiiiiil ' OODKN CITY, UTAH, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1913. I li Qiflf Tf 1 1 c i r Jj.P k?l VlW 11 U. 'Lli L&HgvSRHg&iBSl w ii who could do all the O -fr"3 " XX T 1 1 J frftfSJljw Th. n she went abroad to study. ClXlvi W- W O -v.-ri:' i..T 'jdMBfgV Ml-- Si Ucnls is much taken with X ictr - "v ';! Jap " '" dancing. She says It Is A . - 'irti :P7K?fu' fei'1 lovely She says it is divine. 1X1"? Rtf , irflfii ' 'r Vf'SiKTiJ-1fe N'ow. Ruth St. Denis Is not the w4-- Vw . ., j ,., j -.J" real name of the dancer. That Is r- GJ ' ' '. V5.i -jv?:" 1 ' ' .. '.'.ii "."-SpSrT ' . - X'!- r: ' ' tn0 name she goes by. Par fr ES . ' 1-.v7 -jy.-' "v . . ' ' 1 i - . tt?$ PNrmGHp r--- 1 ( enta often do not donate thlr chil li :y t 'i'.-n with those lovely names they st gf V If you saw a beautiful woman lttlng on the floor with her feet jja crossed and wearing a sad smile H1 you wouldn't call that dancing. would you? It's a long way from the tango, jj, anyway. and there Is nothing from South America that looks like thnL Yet Ruth St. Denis colls rrjf that dancing lt Not that Ruth hain't a nimble I set of toes and feel. Quito the con- JM trary Ruth St. Denis can dance SO jA fast that it is difficult to follow her i J graceful movements, but she Is scv- eral kinds of a dancer. She can $ dance in English. Spanish. French. -Jj Ccrman. Italian. Egyptian. Japan jjjl ese. Hindu and Sanskrit. j Further than that she can dance I" with her toes, her feet, her fingers, her body and then she can danco 'j. without dancing at all. She calls that last kind of dancing the lOUl dance. She learned it in India and Is now showing Americans how to dance while sitting on the floor, f "When I sit motionless, as the Hindu idol Vlyhu. I am dancing." nho assert. "The Impression Is tub mental. I send out what might bo called vibrations which are felt by tl the audience. As the Imagination of the dancer expresses Itself In l I movement, an Impression is made on the brain, r.nd then the Imag ination, enriched by the experience of the movement, Is able to realize Itself oven when tho dancer re mains motionless." All dreadfully involved, but In Germany Jacques Dalcroze is run ning a school on these principles. Tho science Is called eurythmy and goes back at least as far as Plato, whose words are quoted to the ef fect that 'it Is through the phys ical body that eurythmy the ex pression of the symmetry hidden within the soul is awakened into being and It Is by the 'dance gym nastics' that reactive harmony of soul and body is attained." Miss St. Denis Is going abroad at her first opportunity to so Mr. Dalcroze. whose views are strikingly In accord with her own. He is quoted as raying: "Many who are well acquainted with the rhythm of music, painting, poetry and prose have yet to realize tho extreme value of rhythm in life. Music may still bo the privilege of tho few, but rhythm will be the Joy of th many. The different arts will becomo united by a general fooling for rhythm which at the same time will form the ilnk between art and or dinary life It was tho privilege of the last century to make full use of science. It will, we hope, be the privilege of this century to make full use of art." RHYTHM is ABSENCE OF AIX FRICTION. Again Dalcroze says rhythm Is tho absence of friction, mental and physical. Neurasthenia, he declare?, la nothing more than a lack of bal ance between mental and physical powers, a lack of rhythm, a nervous strain produced by mental excite ment when it is denied bodily ex pression. Ruth St. Denis says wo aro Just beginning to learn about danc ing. "Tho world knows less about dancing today than It knew about electricity before Benjamin Frank lin's time," sho says. The poor old world has to admit sho la telling tho truth becauso who could dis pute St. Denis. Not so very long ago the world thought It knew a great deal about dancing Dancing Is as old as the human race. What the civilized world did not know about dancing was known to tho savages. Down In South America they I were dancing the tango years ago and doubtless the Mt Everest Hop, so popular now In Thibet, will some day becomo popular at Newport. Somo one in the world knows something about dancing and all tho something! added togothnr i make a total sum of knowledge about tho art, we are prone to be lieve. But Ruth St. Denis says not. When one speaks to her of danc ing she says. "My Art " She Is the only one perfect In the art. The rest of tho crowd of porfect ones arc simply perfect in their own art. "But the world nil learn," says SL Don!?. "My art is the kindred art of music. It Is the kindred art of sculpture. It Is the kindred art of painting and It stands equal to poetry. These other artti have been Vk UTH ST. DENIS in irjt rious poses. The central pose is the Hindu Soul Dance. brought to perfection. Poetry has been the subject of great thought for ages. The groatcut minds of the earth have helped develop poetry. Homer. Virgil, Shakespeare. Milton and all the rest have striven to ward the Ideal In poetry. They have given their lives to Its development and have made It perfect. "The ' ancients have worked long and hard at sculpture. After tjhe close Of the middle aces modern men have striven to perfect sculp ture and today men arc still tolling and gaining perfection In sculpture. Music at first was only an outburst. It was far from perfect How could they gain perfection? "Then came the master minds and we have attained perfection In music. Music Is a wonderful art. So Is painting a wonderful art, but none the less is dancing." Dancing is caused by Ruth St. Denis as the Cinderella of the arts. Whllo the more favored sisters were being patted on the head and led on to greater perfection dancing has been shoved out In the back shed and made to look shabby. But some of theso days the Cinderella Is going to get a chance to go to tho king's ball In her true colors. Then her sinters will have to look to their laurels, for dancing will do- mand her rights and If she does not demand them ho will get them without demanding. Miss St. Denis Is another fairy godmother rescuing the art of danc ing from the house of neglect. That Is what sho modestly says and her press ajrents have not denied It. -l il Ms OUT I l l IDE V FROM l. Ki TTI POST! 1 : . Kuth St. Denis was not always famous. Sho was not always draw ing a fortune a week dancing be fore enormous crowds. The fuct Is that once upon a time just like in the story of Inderella she was un known, unloved anu drawing 121 a week. That was a good many years ago when she got a Job from Mr. Belasco as a minor a'-tre.v. Some weeks Belasco couldn't use her and she had to remain at her home In N-w York wondering bow In the world she was going to live on nothlmr a week. Then came the cigarette poster. An humble artist trying to gTub a living from the lovers of art In New York painted a daughter of Egypt for a poster and sold tho poster to a manufacturer of cigar ettes. Small pictures were mado from the big poster and pasted on cigarette b'orxCB. I-iter they were printed right on the box and they gained great circulation. Looking at the picture of the Egyptian one afternoon an Idea struck Ruth St. Denis right straight between tho eyes. "Wow!" said Ruth In Just about seven weeks she was drawing $2,000 a week. she had a press agent all of her own and was heralded as the newest dancer and the classiest of them all. She had gotten the Idea of dancing from the poster and It whs x great Idea. Everybody In New would like to hae. Parents often k hue some ordinary name ilke I Smith or .loma or Brown. Somo v of them have such names as Snacks or Sihubaeh. Parents are so In considerate When Kuth found she was famous or -about to be famous, she abandoned the name her folks gave her. It has been so long since P She used that old name her asso clal a do not knoir v.-hat her real nann- is. Sh .speaks, it so seldom she hardly knows '.he name her- But what Is the difference any Bveryone knows ht-r as Miss -i. I't-niM u-.d that Is all :i st.ige worn m ffSfltS; Sho wtnts n name t:, ,t erybody will call her by, Sho v. inta a name that wlil look well la ;.rint and one that will bo short . .:ih to get in th- h id lines: Now If you hod a name like Sqhoetfelhelmberger it would be too long to get in mpSl newspapers. St. Denis Is O K for headline pur poses: The man w'ho writes the headlines In the newspapers will put it in nine times out of ten. MJSa St. I'enls does not look like a dancer. A traveler who prldM himself on hU ability to guess the occupation of his com panic na from their dress and man netlsms. slzd up the prematurely , gi hair and prim figure of Miss St Qenla and offered to bet monev that she was "a maiden lady In some dinky town, teaching school (lye days ' i week, rending popors on the suppression of Igirette smok-I.,- on the sixth dny. and teachlner a Sunday school class on the eev- j cnth." And this was the young woman fm u New Jersey who furnished e en Jaded New York with thrills and Shocked the Rev. Dr. Park hurst into semi-consciousness.