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  • Skandinaven -- August 12, 1889
    Debut

    Ullie Akerstrom, a Swedish girl, will make her first appearance here in Chicago at the McVickers Theater tonight. She was born here in Chicago. She is very talented, and while still quite young, made several appearances here as an amateur. Her style was original, and as a dilettante she was an attraction. She made her first professional appearance at the Boston Theater of Boston during a twenty-six week engagement. Her next engagement was in New York, where the Gotham critics praised her highly. They said, "She is the most gracious dancer New York has seen in many years."

    She will appear here in a new Musical Comedy written by herself. The title of the comedy is "Annette, the Dancing Girl."

    The Scandinavians are proud of their daughter.

    Ullie Akerstrom, a Swedish girl, will make her first appearance here in Chicago at the McVickers Theater tonight. She was born here in Chicago. She is very talented, and while ...

    Swedish
    II A 3 d 2, IV, II B 1 c 2
  • Abendpost -- February 18, 1891
    The Pygmies.

    Already on March 1, the Pygmies the celebrated German dwarf theatre company will start a short engagement in the Columbia Theatre here in Chicago. They had a sensational success in New York, Philadelphia, and other towns of the East during this season. They will remain here for two weeks as they have been contracted to go from here to St. Louis. Their fame is well founded in all parts of the world and there is no doubt that they will also conquer the favor of the Chicago public. They range in age from 18 to 43 years and are not taller than 21/2 to 3 feet. They are first class actors and singers. The first performance will be "The Magic Apprentice" by Robert Breitenbach; music by Carl Josef. This is decoration scenery of the first rank. The play has 4 acts and 9 living pictures of which one is always more attractive than the previous one. The title role "The Magic Apprentice" a smart Berlin boy type will be played by Miss Selma Goerner the excellent soubrette of the Pygmies Company.

    The party consists of 200 members, actors, singers, and dancers. They are so universal in their play, that they have been called the little Neiningers under which name they are generally known in Germany. This name has been given to them by the Czar of Russia when they were playing at his winter palace Gatchina during a three-month stay in St.Petersburg.

    Already on March 1, the Pygmies the celebrated German dwarf theatre company will start a short engagement in the Columbia Theatre here in Chicago. They had a sensational success in ...

    German
    II A 3 d 1, III H, II A 3 d 2
  • Lietuva -- December 17, 1892
    Very Beneficial to Girls and Young Men First Dancing School

    In Chicago there are many handsome girls and young men among the Lithuanians who want to dress well, to have good times at dances and weddings.

    Unfortunately, our girls and boys at such recreation places have been laughed at for not knowing the dances of this country.

    I, as a Lithuanian who seeks good for our nation, in order to show to other nations that we are a cultured people, am opening a dancing school, where in a short time you will learn American dances.

    Such dances will be once a week at P. CZESLWASKI'S HALL, 32nd and Lowell Avenue.

    I believe that all will agree with my proposition.

    L. J. ZACHAREWICZIUS

    The editor highly prizes such a school and urges young Lithuanians to learn American dances.

    In Chicago there are many handsome girls and young men among the Lithuanians who want to dress well, to have good times at dances and weddings. Unfortunately, our girls and ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 f, II A 3 d 2, II B 1 c 2
  • Reform Advocate -- June 24, 1893
    (No headline)

    It is pleasant news to announce the opening at the Standard Theater, of a season of opera and drama by Adler's New European Dramatic and Burlesque Co. In the troupe are the well-known Fritz Berend, Emil Berla, Jos. Greven and Aldoph Alfreds. The performances are given in the German-Jewish jargon.

    It is pleasant news to announce the opening at the Standard Theater, of a season of opera and drama by Adler's New European Dramatic and Burlesque Co. In the troupe ...

    Jewish
    II A 3 d 1, II A 3 d 2
  • Svenska Nyheter -- January 10, 1905
    Concert and Basket Social

    The sextet "Polarsfjarnen" (The Polar Star), will give a concert and fancy basket party at Phoenix Hall, next Sunday at 5:30 P.M. As far as the program is concerned, nothing better could be desired than what is being offered; this is guaranteed by the excellent forces engaged for the occasion. Beulah West, the little prima donna, who in time will become one of the most brilliant stars in the theatrical world, will make her first appearance on the Northwest Side, in Chicago. So wonderful are her voice resources that no lover of music can afford to miss this chance to hear her. The inimitable baritone, Joel Mossberg, will present one of Adams' arias,. ... and Sigurd Meck will accompany the vocalists on the piano and will, in addition, offer a piano solo. Editor Frithiof Malmquist will give a reading, and Editor A. Schon is to present an interesting study of Swedish guilds during the Middle Ages. The ladies' quartette "Linnea," will present a composition by Kuntze, and the "Philochorus Club". .. will perform intriguing Swedish folk dances. There will be music by the Viking band also, and a basket party will conclude the festivities. Do not forget the date and the hour.

    The sextet "Polarsfjarnen" (The Polar Star), will give a concert and fancy basket party at Phoenix Hall, next Sunday at 5:30 P.M. As far as the program is concerned, nothing ...

    Swedish
    III B 2, IV, V A 2, II A 3 b, II A 3 d 2
  • Denní Hlasatel -- December 11, 1905
    Success of Bartik's Vaudeville Show in Sokol Chicago Hall.

    p. 1, col. 5.. Yesterday's performance of the first Bohemian vaudeville and operatic theatre in the Sokol Chicago hall should be ranked as one of the most successful, because a really remarkable opportunity for enjoyment was given to the public, in fact, every number of the program was well liked by the public.

    It was the toe dancer, young Alice Warburton, first solo-dancer, who especially evoked the admiration of the public. Julia, Bohemian gymnast, astonished with her performances. She is a finished artist in her sphere and rightfully gained full recognition from the public. Mr. J. Sulc as usually drew peals of laughter from the audience with his irresistible humor. Augusta Odillonova, appeared in the garb of a dashing rider and received several encores.

    The wrestling match received the closest attention. The contest was between the well known Town of Lake Sokol, Frank Svaicer (Butcher-boy) and the equally well known New Tabor Sokol, Joseph Peroutka. They are both good, clever wrestlers, and for that reason their match was of great interest. There were three rounds to the match which were held during intermissions. The first round 2lasted eight minutes and the winner was Mr. Svaicer, who defeated his opponent with an arm lock. The second round was undecided. In the third round which was the deciding one, both contestants fought as lions. At times victory pointed first to one and then to the other. However, after nine minutes and sixteen seconds, Svaicer again won with an arm-lock. Peroutka asked for a return match, to which Svaicer agreed.

    Prodana Iaska (Bartered Love) was the source of ceaseless laughter. The leading role was played by Miss Olea Mark, who was well liked and who received a bouquet. Miss Mark played with verve and her emotions were becoming to her dramatic appearance. Mr. Sulc played his part in an unsurpassable manner. Other participants in the one act play were Mr. Keclik, Miss Opava, Mr. Sverak and Mr. Wagner, all of whom played their parts excellently. Mr. F. Hladky's orchestra furnished the music for the occasion and rendered several concert selections.

    Briefly speaking, yesterday's entertainment was one of those which will long be remembered by the public. It was the kind of performance the public always eagerly awaits; when it has the opportunity it fills the theatre to capacity.

    p. 1, col. 5.. Yesterday's performance of the first Bohemian vaudeville and operatic theatre in the Sokol Chicago hall should be ranked as one of the most successful, because a ...

    Bohemian
    II A 3 d 1, II B 3, III B 2, II A 3 d 2
  • Revyen -- January 26, 1907
    Dancing

    Playwright Poss Nielsen is inviting the public to an evening of entertainment Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 o'clock, when he will demonstrate the aims and purposes of his, "School of Culture." Poss Nielsen's idea is that dancing is able to develop a person's personality. One of his pupils little Esther Mathiesen is going to demonstrate that effect by dancing "Pas" of the Minuet "Elverhoj." Mrs. Agnes Mathiesen will be at the piano.

    Professor Marinus Poulsen has composed a characteristic melody for Fiskerne by Nolger Drachmann which will be sung by Poss Nielsen. Also he will recite lines from a classic play. The affair will be held in Boyschou's Hall, North and Western Avenues.

    Playwright Poss Nielsen is inviting the public to an evening of entertainment Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 o'clock, when he will demonstrate the aims and purposes of his, "School of ...

    Danish
    II A 3 d 2, II B 1 c 2
  • Revyen -- January 26, 1907
    Dancing

    Playwright Poss Nielsen is inviting the public to an evening of entertainment Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 o'clock, when he will demonstrate the aims and purposes of his, "School of Culture." Poss Nielsen's idea is that dancing is able to develop a person's personality. One of his pupils little Esther Mathiesen is going to demonstrate that effect by dancing "Pas" of the Minuet "Elverhoj." Mrs. Agnes Mathiesen will be at the piano.

    Professor Marinus Poulsen has composed a characteristic melody for Fiskerne by Nolger Drachmann which will be sung by Poss Nielsen. Also he will recite lines from a classic play. The affair will be held in Boyschou's Hall, North and Western Avenues.

    Playwright Poss Nielsen is inviting the public to an evening of entertainment Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 o'clock, when he will demonstrate the aims and purposes of his, "School of ...

    Danish
    II A 3 d 2, II B 1 c 2
  • Lietuva -- January 03, 1913
    The First Lithuanian Dance School in America

    Professor Julius Silsko avows that he can teach young or old to dance. [He promises] that he will teach you to dance the waltz in six different ways. [He says] that in several evenings you will learn to dance. The lessons are given from 7 to 11 P.M. in the evening. Prof. Julius Silsko announces that those who want to take dancing lessons during the day can do so from 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. He teaches such dances as Buck and Wing, Buck Skirt, Irish Jig, Clog, Spanish Waltz, Waltz, Two Step, Side Step. The teachers are Miss Antanina Kietnier, Miss Joana Walets, and Prof. Julius Silsko, 1836 So. Halsted Street, Chicago.

    Professor Julius Silsko avows that he can teach young or old to dance. [He promises] that he will teach you to dance the waltz in six different ways. [He says] ...

    Lithuanian
    II A 3 d 2, IV
  • Scandia -- January 25, 1913
    [Folk Danoe]

    "Modest and unassuming," describes Olav Thorshong, who at present is putting on exhibitions of one of the most strenuous and difficult of folk dances; the Norwegian Hallingdans, a dance which originated in the Halling Valley in Norway.

    The crowning movement of this dance is a combination of a high-jump and a high-kick that in suppleness and height would put our vaudeville high-kickers to shame.

    Mr. Thorshong is the national champion of Norway. He bounces into the air like a lively rubber ball, twists and picks a hat from the end of a stick held high by an assistant, and lands squarely on both feet. He never misses his mark.

    He is accompanied by Nels Borge, a young violinist, who is an expert in Norwegian folk-dance music as well as a good performer of Norse descriptive music. Mr. Borge's rendition of "The Girl At The Cradle" and "Dells of St. Thomas," is beautiful.

    "Modest and unassuming," describes Olav Thorshong, who at present is putting on exhibitions of one of the most strenuous and difficult of folk dances; the Norwegian Hallingdans, a dance which ...

    Norwegian
    II A 3 d 2, II A 3 b