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  • Special Collections & Archives maintains, but no longer actively collects, records and rare books related to the history and performance of dance. These collections contain material describing the history of various types of dance including ancient dance and sport (particularly as performed by the Greeks), Scottish dancing, as well as the cotillion, waltz, minuet, and the quadrille. Additionally, the collections feature a significant amount of material related to ballet including choreography, dance notations, lithographs, engravings, over 150 rare books, and records detailing the scheduling and planning of the Vestris Prize for choreography.
  • Dance related collections were acquired to support the Department of Dance within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and dance courses that began being offered during the 1969-1970 school year, which predated the department’s founding as an independent program in 1972. The Dance Program was closed in 1996.

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Vestris Prize For Choreography fonds

  • SCA74-GA43
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1968

Fonds consists of two binders compiled by Dr. Henry H. Crapo when he was a Trustee with the Wasemquia Charitable Trust. The binders document the Vestris Prize Competition for Choreography in 1967 and 1968, which the Wasemquia Charitable Trust helped to sponsor. Fonds documents scheduling and planning for the competition, as well as lists of competitors and judges.

Correspondence addressed to and from Henry Crapo, discussing various topics such as invitations sent to renowned ballet dancers in the New York world to judge in the competition are included, along with press releases and letters to advertisement agencies to promote the competition. Other records in the binders include clippings from newspaper and magazines advertising the competition, as well as black and white photographs depicting trophies from the competitions and scenes of performance entries.

Fonds also includes a yellow patina bronze statue that depicts a caricature of Auguste Vestris, which acted as the central theme for the Vestris Prize competition. The statue portrays Auguste Vestris with an oversized head, wings, and a garland.

Crapo, Henry H.