Collecting StrandNational Resource Centre for Dance
TitleClassical Greek Dance
Dateearly 20th century-2000
Extent2 films; 1 poster; 2 costumes; 2 objects; 2 boxes of notation scores; 1 audio tape; 43 books; 29 programmes and 2 leaflets; 5 files and 1 item;
20 photographs and 1 album
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey; National Resource Centre for Dance; 1982-present
DescriptionClassical Greek Dance, previously Revived Greek Dance, was devised by Ruby Ginner. It drew on athletics, drama and dance. From 1916-1954 in London Ruby Ginner ran the Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama and toured with companies with her own choreography. Classical Greek Dance flourished in the inter-war period. From 1939-1947 the School was held in Boscastle, Cornwall.

The collection was created in 2008 by the National Resource Centre for Dance to house material relating to Classical Greek Dance (known previously as Revived Greek Dance) which has been donated by pupils of Ruby Ginner, the founder of the dance method.

Collection includes books; photographs; programmes and posters; film, audio and music scores; properties (a sword and shield); lecture notes; costumes; records relating to the Greek Dance Association Branch and committee meeting minutes; records relating to teaching; and records relating to the Ruby ginner Awards programme and the Greek Dance Festivals.
ArrangementMaterial arranged at time of cataloguing according to the format-based classification scheme which was then in use by the National Resource Centre for Dance.
Related MaterialRecords passed from Ruby Ginner to Bice Bellairs, a former pupil, are held in the Bice Bellairs Collection of Revived Greek Dance, archive ref BB, held by Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey.
Oral history interviews relating to Classical Greek Dance practitioners are held in the Pioneer Women Collection, archive ref PW/OH/2, held by Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey.
Custodial HistoryMaterial has been donated by students of Ruby Ginner.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P1294Ginner; Ruby Mary Adeline (1886-1978); dance practitioner1886-1978
DS/UK/11114Bellairs; Beatrice (1910-1991); dancer, choreographer and educator1910-1991
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