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Eugene Loring Manuscript

An inventory of his item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 02 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Eugene Loring (1911-1982) was an American dancer and choreographer best known for his contributions to American-themed ballets, such as Billy the Kid.

Loring was born LeRoy Kerpestein on August 2, 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began studying at the School of American Ballet in 1933 before making his professional debut in 1934 with Fokine's company. During his tenure with the Ballet Caravan (1936-1938), Loring began to choreograph various works. In 1941, he formed his own company, Dance Players, and opened the American School of Dance in Los Angeles in 1948. He had a successful dance career as a principal dancer and choreographer of ballets and films. Loring died on August 30, 1982.

Selected Choreographic Works

1936 Harlequin for President
1937 Yankee Clipper
1938 Billy the Kid
1939 City Portrait
1940 The Great American Goof
1941 The Beautiful People
1942 The Man From Midian
1953 Capital of the World
1955 Meet Me in Las Vegas
1956 Funny Face (film)
1957 Silk Stockings (film)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eugene Loring Manuscript consists of a libretto for "The Man from Midian," which includes a character analysis and choreographic directions.


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Subject Headings


Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982 -- Man from Midian.
Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982.


Choreographers -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Librettos (documents for music)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eugene Loring Manuscript
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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