Lillian Covillo Papers
Lillian Covillo was an alumna of the University of Denver who co-founded the Colorado Ballet along with Freidann Parker. This collection includes photos, programs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and ephemera related to Covillo and Parker's dance work and teaching.
- Covillo, Lillian, 1921- (Person)
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3.5 Linear Feet (3 containers)
Scope and Contents
This collection contains photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and programs.
Biographical / Historical
A native of Denver, Lillian began her ballet studies at St. Philomena's Catholic School with Lucille Brush. During the summer she studied with Bently Stone and dance pioneer Ruth Page, in Chicago. Lillian had just graduated from high school when she was asked to take over the classes at Sr. Philomena's with the proviso that she continue her education. Lillian attended Loretto Heights College and the University of Denver. At DU, while dancing with Martha Wilcox's dance troupe, she met Freidann Parker. This meeting began a partnership that oversaw Covillo-Parker School of Ballet, the founding of Denver Civic Ballet and Colorado Concert Ballet, and the transition of the company to Colorado Ballet. Lillian passed away in 2010.
This collection is arranged in 8 series: 1. Work with Denver Grand Opera 2. Lillian's Own Dance Work 3. Freidann Parker 4. Students' Dancing 5. Ephemera 6. Newspaper Clippings 7. Colorado Concert Ballet and Colorado Ballet 8. Scrapbook
There is no accession record for these materials.
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