Barzel, Anne

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Dance critic, teacher, and historian.

Ann Barzel was born in Minneapolis on Dec. 13, 1905. Her family moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1914, and it was there, at the Jewish Settlement House, where Barzel took her first dance lessons. She took dance classes from Elizabeth Werblosky, who had studied with the Denishawn Company. In 1920, the family moved again, to Chicago (3134 W. 16th Street). In Chicago Barzel attended Crane Technical High School and Junior College (now Malcolm X College), and then graduated from the University of Chicago in 1925 with a bachelor's degree and two years of graduate work in the humanities. During this time she was also teaching at a Hebrew school on weekday afternoons and taking dance classes on Fridays and Saturdays. Her first Chicago dance teachers were Mark Turbyfill and Adolph Bolm. From about 1931 to 1943, Barzel performed as a dancer. She studied various styles of dance in Chicago, New York, London, and Paris with Michel Fokine, Alexandre Volinine, Doris Humphrey, the School of American Ballet, Vecheslav Swoboda, Nicholas Legat, and others. She danced in productions of the Chicago Civic Opera Ballet and danced with a group directed by Berenice Holmes, who had inherited Adolph Bolm's dance school when Bolm left Chicago. After college, Barzel also had a career as a teacher at William Penn Elementary School (1616 S Avers Avenue, near 16th and Pulaski); she taught at Penn until 1967. In the 1940's, Barzel became sought after as a knowledgeable and gifted lecturer on dance, as well as a teacher of dance technique. From 1945 to 1961 she took the train to Milwaukee every Saturday and taught ballet classes at the Adele Artinian School of Dance. She lectured on the history of dance at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and many other institutions. It was during this time that she was also making a regular career out of reviewing dance, theatre, and nightclub events in Chicago. She was dance critic for the Chicago Times, 1946-1950, when she joined Chicago's American (later Chicago Today), 1951-1974. Barzel also wrote for Dance Magazine for 40 years, covering dance events in the Midwest for the magazine. She wrote for the Lerner Skyline newspapers (Chicago weekly) from 1974 through 2003, for Ballet Review, Ballet Annual, Dance News, and for various other international dance publications. From 1956 to 1975 she served on the advisory panel for dance for the State Department's International Cultural Agency, and from 1966 to 1974 as dance consultant for the Illinois Arts Council. Barzel was a founder of the Ballet Guild of Chicago and has served on the boards of many dance and arts-related organizations, such as the Chicago Dance Council, Free Street Theater, Urban Gateways, and Wisdom Bridge Theater. Barzel was frequently called upon to act as judge, panel participant or field reporter for international dance events. In 1975, Miss Barzel was given an award by the Association of Illinois Dance Companies in recognition of her service to dance in Illinois, and in 1979 she was granted the Governor's Award for service to the arts. She was placed on the lifetime honors list by the Chicago Dance Arts Coalition in 1986, was recipient of the 1994 Vaslav Nijinsky Medal sponsored by the Polish Artists Agency in Warsaw, and was sole honoree at the 1995 "Toast" to the Cultural Center, sponsored by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. Ann Barzel died in 2007 at the age of 101.

From the description of Ann Barzel papers, 1912-2005. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 462089977

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creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Dance around the world, 1937-1972. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Films owned by Ann Barzel, 1930-1960's. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #1 [videorecording] : (As time goes by - Jue [i.e. Jeu] de cartes). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #4 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 4 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 7 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
referencedIn Barzel, Ann [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Camryn, Walter. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #3 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 6 [videorecording] : Paquita - Rouge et noir. Newberry Library
referencedIn Alter, Evelyn. Carey Rose Winski Memorial Foundation Dance Scholarship Competition papers, 1981-2002. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. American Ballet Theatre, 1958-1977. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 6 [videorecording] : Paquita - Rouge et noir. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Littlefield Ballet, 1936-1941 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Popular theater and vaudeville, 1937-1946. [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #1 [videorecording] : Billy Sunday - Flower festival at Genzano. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 7 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1938-1970's. Volume 6 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 8 [videorecording] : Swan lake - The warrior ; including informal portraits. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #3 [videorecording] : (Sacred Grove on Mount Tamalpais - Weewis). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1951-1954. Volume #2 [videorecording] : (Pineapple Pol [i.e. Poll] - Wedding bouquet). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #1 [videorecording] : (As time goes by - Jue [i.e. Jeu] de cartes). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #4 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 5 [videorecording] : the nutcracker. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Correspondence, 1957. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume 3 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 6 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 6 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Modern dance, 1938-1977. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Modern dance, 1938-1977. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 7 [videorecording] : Sailor dance - Strange sarabande. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 2 [videorecording] : Concerto barocco - Gaîté parisienne. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 3 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Correspondence. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Guild of Chicago, 1940's-1962 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Russe, 1936-1938 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Guild of Chicago, 1940's-1962 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Original Ballet Russe (de Basil's), 1938-1949 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #1 [videorecording] : Billy Sunday - Flower festival at Genzano. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 5 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 4 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #5 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Page, Ruth. Scrapbooks: v. 14, New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 5 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 3 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 8 [videorecording] : Swan lake - The warrior ; including informal portraits. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. American Ballet Theatre, 1958-1977. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Royal Ballet, 1957-1969. Volume #4 [videorecording] : (Noctambules - Swan Lake). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Films owned by Ann Barzel, 1930's-1960's. Volume #2 [videorecording] : dance around the world, 1930's-1950's. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Dance around the world, 1937-1972. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 4 [videorecording] : Le beau Danube - Nocturne. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume 2 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Page, Ruth. Scrapbooks: v. 16-21, New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #3 [videorecording] : the nutcracker - Sleeping beauty ; and informal portraits. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Russe, 1936-1938 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Modern dance, 1938-1977. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Original Ballet Russe (de Basil's), 1938-1949 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #2 [videorecording] : Gioconda - The merry widow. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Dance around the world, 1937-1972. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1951-1954. Volume #2 [videorecording] : (Pineapple Pol [i.e. Poll] - Wedding bouquet). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1951-1954. Volume #1 [videorecording] : (Capriol Suite - Pastorale). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Letter, 1939 Dec. 9, Chicago, to Lillian Moore, New York. [2] p. on 1 l. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #3 [videorecording] : the nutcracker - Sleeping beauty ; and informal portraits. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1938-1970's. Volume 6 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 2 [videorecording] : Concerto barocco - Gaîté parisienne. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. [Vol. 1] [videorecording] : Aurora's wedding - Commedia balletica. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ann Barzel papers, 1912-2005. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #5 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. American Ballet Theatre, 1958-1977. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
referencedIn Ann Barzel collection, [ca. 1949-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1951-1954. Volume #1 [videorecording] : (Capriol Suite - Pastorale). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume 2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Camryn, Walter. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #3 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 5 [videorecording] : the nutcracker. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #3 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 3 [videorecording] : Ghost town - Le baiser de la fee. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #3 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Letter [1942 May 5?], Chicago, to Lillian Moore, New York. [2] p. on 1 l. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Films owned by Ann Barzel, 1930-1960's. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #2 [videorecording] : (Kettentanz - Romeo & Juliet). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume #4 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. New York City Ballet, 1947-1971. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 7 [videorecording] : Sailor dance - Strange sarabande. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #2 [videorecording] : (Kettentanz - Romeo & Juliet). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Littlefield Ballet, 1936-1941 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. [Vol. 1] [videorecording] : Aurora's wedding - Commedia balletica. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago Opera Ballet, 1946-1969. Volume #2 [videorecording] : Gioconda - The merry widow. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Chicago dance companies and performers, 1938-1978. Volume #4 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Royal Ballet, 1957-1969. Volume #4 [videorecording] : (Noctambules - Swan Lake). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume #1 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Royal Ballet, 1957-1969. Volume #3 [videorecording] : (Antigone - Le baiser de la fee). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. American Ballet Theatre, 1958-1977. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Royal Ballet, 1957-1969. Volume #3 [videorecording] : (Antigone - Le baiser de la fee). Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Popular theater and vaudeville, 1937-1946. [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Modern dance, 1938-1977. Volume #2 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 3 [videorecording] : Ghost town - Le baiser de la fee. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Theatre, 1940-1957. Volume 2 [videorecording]. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1962. Volume 4 [videorecording] : Le beau Danube - Nocturne. Newberry Library
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Miscellaneous ballet companies, 1937-1981. Volume 3 [videorecording]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Joffrey Ballet (City Center), 1967-1980. Volume #3 [videorecording] : (Sacred Grove on Mount Tamalpais - Weewis). Newberry Library
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associatedWith Alter, Evelyn. person
associatedWith American Ballet Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Arpino, Gerald. person
associatedWith Ballet Guild of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Bolm, Adolf, 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Camryn, Walter. person
associatedWith Chicago Public Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith Clarke, Mary, 1923- person
associatedWith Donaldson, Virginia. person
associatedWith Dzhermolinska, Helen. person
associatedWith Holmes, Berenice. person
associatedWith Illinois Arts Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith Littlefield, Catherine. person
associatedWith Littlefield, Dorothie. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Moore, Lillian. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Page, Ruth. person
associatedWith Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. person
associatedWith Roughton, Janet. person
associatedWith Stigler, Elisa. person
associatedWith Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. person
associatedWith William Penn Elementary School (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
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Illinois--Chicago
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Dance teachers
Ballet--History
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Dancers
Manuscripts, American
Dance critics
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