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Marilyn Cohen Oral History, 2005

Identifier: D009.04.0005.00007


Marilyn L. Cohen, a resident of Boulder, Colorado, talks about her life teaching dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Between 1953 and 1972, dance classes at the University of Colorado were part of the Physical Education Dept. Charlotte Irey was the dance teacher. She recruited Cohen to teach dance in 1953 when Cohen graduated from the University of Illinois. Cohen taught modern dance and also square, folk and ballroom dancing. Irey sent her to see Lloyd Shaw in Colorado Springs, Colorado to learn square dance and calling. However, modern dance was the main focus at the University. Irey was the developer of the dance classes and program, while Cohen taught. In 1962 the first B.A. in dance was offered and in 1969 the first M.A. in dance was offered. This started the push to build major classes in dance including creative dance for children, various levels of composition, improvisation, and creative aspects of dance. Ballet classes were eventually added. In 1972 the dance program moved to the Theatre Dept. In 1986 the M.F.A. in dance evolved, which was more performance oriented than the M.A. program. Cohen also talks about various teachers, dance performances, and the lack of relationship with the Boulder community.


  • 2005


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Marilyn Cohen Oral History

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Biographical / Historical

Marilyn Cohen began as a teacher at the Universit of Colorado, Boulder, Dance Department in 1953. She taught at the University full-time from 1953-1957 and later moved to part-time and as an adjunct professor through 1993. Cohen graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign. She specialized in choreographing for musical theatre productions.


2 items (sound tape cassette)

Scope and Contents

From the Series: This series contains transcripts, cassettes, and personal files on the 2005 'Legends of Dance.'

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good 2 cassette tapes 61 minutes, 7 seconds


Gift of the Friends of the Carson Brierly Dance Library, 2004.


reformatted digital
Interview conducted at 1425 Bellevue Drive, Boulder, Colo., 80302 on July 7, 2005.

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