Sydney King and Marion Cuyjet found the Sydney-Marion School of Dance (Phila.)

Former classmates at the Essie Marie School of Dance Sydeny King and Marion Cuyjet opened a school together. Dorsey fully endorsed them and even offered her space and contacts to her young protégées. In 1946, the Sydney-Marion School of Dance opened in the former Dorsey school on 711 South Broad Street.

Women on the Week

Sydney King and Marion Cuyjet followed closely in their mentor’s footsteps, with curriculum offering various techniques to their students including Dunham Technique. Their old classmate John Hines had been studying with Katherine Dunham in New York and encouraged the two to travel to the city to study at the Dunham School. Hines introduced them to new teachers and studios. He also taught at their studio.

The partnership between Cuyjet and King was short lived and after less than two years they split. King retained the space on Broad street an Cuyjet found another. Little is known about the actual reasons for the break, however there are some speculations. Whatever the case may be, they went their separate ways and the students were divided.


Other Happenings in 1946

American History

Jan 10 US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, New Jersey

Jan 22 US president Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency

Feb 7 Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC (Fair Employment Practices Committee) bill

Mar 28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.

May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay

Nov 5 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

Dec 12 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr


World History

Jan 6 Vietnam holds its first ever general election

Jan 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

Feb 17 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterda

Mar 2 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

Mar 5 Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe

Mar 15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India’s right to independence

Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France

Sep 20 Churchill argues for a ‘United States of Europe’


Arts & Sciences

Jan 1 ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert

Feb 8 Béla Bartók’s 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US

Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto”

May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)”

Jul 14 Dr Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care” published

Aug 17 George Orwell publishes “Animal Farm” in the United Kingdom

Nov 1 Charles S Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University

Dec 16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior


Human and Civil Rights

Feb 26 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn

Mar 3 US Ladies’ Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill

Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Apr 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals

May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death

Aug 7 1st US commemorative coin of an African American, Booker T. Washington (half dollar)

Sep 30 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg



Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama

Apr 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Dec 3 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)

Dec 15 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn’t report bribe attempt



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