Gloria Newman: Early (Beginning) Years in Southern California (Mainly L.A.)

Gloria Newman arrived in Los Angeles from New York City in 1954, and soon began teaching at Eugene Loring’s American School of Dance located in a hotel basement on Hollywood Blvd across from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. There she…

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Dancing in L.A. 1970-2000

The gravitational pull of light, space, geography and Hollywood has long lured artists to Los Angeles. Sun, air and vista radiate endless possibility in this iconographic land of promise – yet, are also its Siren’s song. Sundays in the studio…

Mysterium (1976), choreography by Marion Scott. Kathe Copperman and Gary Bates.  Unknown photographer.  Strickler collection.

Creating with Marion Scott

I met Marion in late 1969 when she arrived from New York. I was teaching some technique classes at UCLA and performing with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company and she was just starting out as a guest artist in the…

Photo Gallery: L. Martina Young

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Bella Lewitzky, A Brief Biography

This article was originally published in Encyclopedia Judaica, 2006 Bella Lewitzky (1916-2004), dancer, choreographer, educator, arts activist. She was born to Russian-Jewish parents near California’s Mojave Desert at the socialist commune Llano del Rio. Raised in San Bernardino, her parent’s…