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Mansfield, Portia (1887–1979)

Mansfield, Portia (1887–1979)

American dancer and choreographer. Name variations: Portia Mansfield Swert. Born Nov 19, 1887, in Chicago, IL; died Jan 29, 1979, in Carmel, CA; trained at Smith College and with Charlotte Perry, Luigi Albertieri, Louis Chalif, and others.

Taught social dance classes in Omaha and Chicago; founded several summer schools in Colorado with Charlotte Perry, most notably Perry-Mansfield School of the Theater and Dance (c. 1913–57) where teachers over the years included Doris Humphrey, Hanya Holm, Charles Weidman, and Helen Tamiris.

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