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Guide to the Harriet Berg Papers, 1948-1953

Summary

Harriet Berg (b. 1924) was a dancer, teacher, and American Dance Festival attendee in the 1940s and ‘50s. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she has spent a majority of her life bringing modern dance to Detroit and teaching at Detroit’s Jewish Community Center. She also founded, directed, and choreographed for numerous dance groups including the Jewish Community Center’s Festival Dancers, Renaissance Dance Company of Detroit, Madame Cadillac Dance Theater, and Dance Thru History Theatre Co. This collection includes a scrapbook of photographs, clippings, and drawings from the American Dance Festivals of 1948 and 1953.

Collection Details

ID
ADF.017
Title
Harriet Berg papers
Date
1948-1953
Extent
0.21 Linear Feet
Repository
American Dance Festival Archives
Language
English

Collection Overview

This collection includes a scrapbook of photographs, clippings, and drawings from the American Dance Festivals of 1948 and 1953.

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[Identification of item], Harriet Berg papers, American Dance Festival Archives.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbook, 1948-1953

Includes photographs, clippings, and drawings from the American Dance Festivals of 1948 and 1953.

 

Historical Note

Biographical / Historical

Harriet Berg (b. 1924) was a dancer, teacher, and American Dance Festival attendee in the 1940s and ‘50s. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she has spent a majority of her life bringing modern dance to Detroit and teaching at Detroit’s Jewish Community Center. She also founded, directed, and choreographed for numerous dance groups including the Jewish Community Center’s Festival Dancers, Renaissance Dance Company of Detroit, Madame Cadillac Dance Theater, and Dance Thru History Theatre Co. Harriet graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in the Humanities. It was at Wayne State that she discovered her love for modern dance and she began dancing professionally soon after graduation. Harriet often traveled to New York to study with teachers such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham, and her mentors included Louis Falco, Lucas Hoving, and Twyla Tharp. She furthered her studies by attending the American Dance Festival at Connecticut College in the summers. In addition to bringing many major dance companies and figures to Detroit, she developed a dance department at Detroit’s Jewish Community Center that she ran for 50 years.

Provenance

The Harriet Berg papers were received by the American Dance Festival Archives as a gift in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Harper Foote, July 2017