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The first dancer to set foot on the stage of McCarter Theatre (if one doesn't count the Triangle Club kickline) was none other than the great Ruth St. Denis herself, who appeared in a solo evening on March 7, 1930 and returned that same fall with Ted Shawn and the full troupe of the pioneering Denishawn dancers. In 1935 a company of dancers touring under the name of "American Ballet" – the first troupe of dancers assembled in this country by an émigré Russian choreographer named George Balanchine, and as such the early precursor of what would eventually evolve into what we know today as the New York City Ballet. ...THIS VIDEO: Part 1 of a multi-media project celebrating the life and legacy of Ruth St. Denis. Originally compiled for presentation at the National Musuem of Dance in January 2006.