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Verna Rose Gagnon Papers

 Collection
Identifier: D029
Verna Rose Gagnon was a dance supporter and journalist from Denver, Colorado. This collection contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to dance productions sponsored with which Gagnon was involved with.

Dates

  • Other: 1968-1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 container)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to dance productions sponsored with which Gagnon was involved with

Biographical / Historical

Verna Rose (VR) Gagnon, 76, the Colorado correspondent for Dance Magazine, died of cancer in Denver on April 7, 1998. A Colorado native, she founded and served as president of the Denver Civic Ballet and Les Cygnettes of the Denver Ballet Guild. She was also responsible for initiating the first appearances of American Ballet Theatre in Denver in 1972. She personally arranged the only Denver showing of the film version of Don Quixote featuring Rudolf Nureyev, and she hosted many cast parties and fundraising events for dance in her home. In addition to presenting and writing about dance, VR also supported the development of the Colorado Ballet, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, the David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Marda Kirm's effort to establish the Colorado Dance Festival.

Processing Information

Two scrapbooks were in magnetic binders and badly deteriorated. The clippings were removed from the pages and sleeved.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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