Ella Gordon opens the Gordon School of Dance NYC


Ella Gordon began to expose the Harlem community to ballet early in the 20th century teaching ballet and tap in the Lafayette Building in New York City.


Gordon’s School of Dance would train individuals who would continue the tradition of training dancers, in ballet and other genres in Harlem, New York. Her student Ruth Williams stated that Gordon believed mastery of ballet technique was important to dance training; she considered it was basic.

(source Dr. Joselli Audain Deans)

Notable students:  


Ruth Williams: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Henry Letang- Tap Dance Hall of Fame http://atdf.org/bios/LeTangHallofFame.html



Other Happenings in 1919




  • Feb 14 United Parcel Service forms
  • June 4; Women’s rights- The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it the U.S. States for ratification
  • October 28, Congress enforces the 18th Amendment to the Constitution also known as the Prohibition Act



  • Jan 5 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers’ Party
  • Feb 23 Fascist Party forms in Italy by Benito Mussolini
  • March 25; Woodrow Wilson’s dream of a League of Nations becomes a reality after the League Covenant is adopted at the Paris Peace Conference
  • June 28, The Treaty of Versailles cementing the end of World War I
  • Nov 28 US-born Lady Astor elected first female member of British House of Commons


Arts & Sciences

  • The Ballets Russes premieres two ballets: La Boutique Fantasque and Le Tricorne at the Alhambra Theatre, London.
  • May 18; Margot Fonteyn was born
  • May 29 Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster
  • Jun 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sandburg (Cornhuskers)
  • Aug 4 Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin


Human & Civil Rights

  • February 19; Pan-African Congress organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)
  • March 30; Gandhi announces resistance against Rowlatt Act
  • May 10 Race riot in Charleston SC, 2 blacks killed
  • Jul 24 Race Riot in Washington, D.C. (6 killed, 100 wounded)
  • Jul 27 Chicago race riot (15 whites & 23 blacks killed, 500 injured)





  • October 9; The Black Sox Baseball Scandal- The Cincinnati Reds defeat the  Chicago White Sox, 10-5, after eight “Black Sox” were allegedly paid to throw the game
  • Jul 4 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship
  • Aug 11 Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau – named after sponsor Indian Packing Company

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