Els Grelinger, eminent dance notator (1923-2015)

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Els Grelinger in June this year. A Laban-trained emigree, Grelinger became the first student of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City in the 1940s. She notated ballets for George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Doris Humphrey and Hanya Holm amongst others, and assisted both Humphrey and Holm in re-staging choreographic works. She taught at many universities in the US and worked for the Arts Council of the State of New York. She also taught notation studies at the Laban Centre in the 1980s. This photograph shows her teaching students in 1984 at the Laban Centre, Laurie Grove, now the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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We have a small Els Grelinger Collection in the Laban Archive consisting of her teaching notes and resources whilst she was at the Laban Centre, along with some photographs and videos of works she notated. And if you would like to find out more about Labanotation, we have many books of notation scores and learning aides in the Laban Library and Archive – come and have a browse.

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