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Shawn, Ted
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(Oct 21, 1891, Kansas City, MO – Jan 9, 1972, Orlando, FL), co-founder of the Denishawn School and Dancers with R. Saint Denis whom he married in 1914. He choreographed biblical stories, spirituals, and prayers in training with M. Graham, Doris Humphrey and male modern dancers. Breaking with Saint Denis, he began Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festi-val in Lee, Massachusetts in 1933 where he hosted the Sacred Dance Guild’s first festival in 1959. Originally intending to be a minister, Shawn called his dance a ministry and often performed in ch…

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Adams, Doug, “Shawn, Ted”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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