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Ruth St. Denis
January 20, 1878 - July 21, 1968
Nationality: American
Category: Dancer
Subcategory: American Dancer
      Ruth St. Denis founded Adelphi University's dance program in 1938 which was the one of the first dance departments in an American university. It has since become a cornerstone of Adelphi's Department of Performing Arts.
      Her early works are indicative of her interests in exotic mysticism and spirituality. Many companies currently include a collection of her signature solos in their repertoires, including the programme, "The Art of the Solo," a showcase of famous solos of modern dance pioneers.

I believe that my whole creative life stemmed from this magic hour under the stars on that hilltop.


We have the capacity to receive messages from the stars and the songs of the night winds.


You and I are but specks of that rhythmic urge which is Brahma, which is Allah, which is God.


As we rise higher in the understanding of ourselves, the national and racial dissonances will be forgotten in the universal rhythms of Truth and Love.


Remembering that man is indeed the microcosm, the universe in miniature, the Divine Dance of the future should be able to convey with its slightest gestures some significance of the universe.


I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.


We can hear the silent voice of the spiritual universe within our own hearts.


But in reality we are accompanied by the whole dancing universe.


Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion.


We should realize in a vivid and revolutionary sense that we are not in our bodies but our bodies are in us.


The real message of the Dance opens up the vistas of life to all who have the urge to express beauty with no other instrument than their own bodies, with no apparatus and no dependence on anything other than space.


We can scale the heights of mountains and see the world rayed out before us, but we fail to recognize that which is before us.


It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance.


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