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Michigan Dance Archives: Genevieve Siegel Schoenberger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP002081
This collection includes Schoenberger's notations and dance notes, particularly from her study and teaching of Spanish and Flamenco dance, as well as other teaching materials. There is one box of vinyl recordings of the music used for her teaching and dancing. Also included are sheet music, brochures and programs from various dance performances and events, along with many issues of Dance Magazine from 1959 to 1989.

Dates

  • 1950 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (2 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Genevieve Schoenberger (1910-1995), born Genevieve Siegel in Grand Rapids, MI, was a dancer and teacher credited with creating dance opportunities in the Ludington, MI, area beginning in the 1940s. This collection includes her notations and dance notes, particularly from her study and teaching of Spanish and Flamenco dance, as well as other teaching materials. There is one box of vinyl recordings of the music used for her teaching and dancing. Also included are sheet music, brochures and programs from various dance performances and events, along with many issues of Dance Magazine from 1959 to 1989.

History

Genevieve Schoenberger (1910-1995), born Genevieve Siegel in Grand Rapids, MI, was a dancer and teacher credited with creating dance opportunities in the Ludington, MI, area beginning in the 1940s. The daughter of Russian immigrants, she graduated from Grand Rapids Union High School in 1928, paid her own way through Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University, and worked as a teacher until her marriage in 1937. Dance was an important value in Schoenberger’s life from an early age, and she provided for lessons for her sisters and later her own children before embarking on her own dance career. Driving her daughters and son to classes at the Phil Osterhouse studio in Grand Rapids each week for two years ended when Schoenberger opened the carriage house in her backyard as a studio and persuaded a dance teacher to offer classes. Almost three generations of Ludington students were trained there by a succession of teachers, including Schoenberger’s daughter, Marlene. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Schoenberger began her own dance training, first in ballet and later in Spanish and Flamenco dance, which became her specialty. She commuted to Detroit to study with noted dancer Ted Smith and learned to notate the dances. Her notations and dance notes, as well as other teaching materials, are included in this collection, as are vinyl recordings of the music used for her teaching and dancing. Also included are sheet music, brochures and programs from various dance performances and events along with many issues of Dance Magazine, from 1959 to 1989.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Materials donated by Schoenberger's daughter, Lana Pollack, in 2006 and 2009.

Related Materials

Michigan Dance Archives collections, Harriet Berg Papers

Transfers

One box of vinyl recordings transferred to Reuther Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Aimee Ergas on May 24, 2018.
Title
Guide to the Michigan Dance Archives: Genevieve Siegel Schoenberger Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Aimee Ergas.
Date
2018-05-24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA