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Dance Programn
Features Ne-w
Theatre Mode
Creative Work Conveys
Dramatic Ideas, Offers
Different Entertainment

1- G - Chairmn

Comedy To Use
Music Played
By Union Band
J.G.P. Will Satirize Our
Glorified Gangster In A
Show Within A show


Black, especially in velvet, was
most popular at the League dance
Friday night. Among theprominent
students seen dancing to the music
of Bill Marshall's orchestra were
Margaret Mustard, who wore black

Tells Life History

Dr. Margaret Bell's Life One Of
Exciting And Eventful Activity

EDI1CRS NOTE: This is the second
illthe eries of articls oil prominent

Interesting dance m o v e m e n ts
showing how a dance can be made
dramatic and how ideas can be con-
veyed by mere physical movement
will be included in the dance dem-
onstration which is to be given Wed-
nesday night in the Lydia Mendels-
sohn theatre by Play Production and
the department of Physical Educa-
tion, Valentine B. Windt, director of
Play Production, said yesterday.
The program, intended to dem-
onstrate what can be done In cor-
relating the dance with theatrical
work, is the first of its kind to be
attempted at the University, and it
is hoped that further work can be
done in the future, Mr. Windt said.
Recreates Control
Miss Emily V. White, of the de-
partment of Physical Education, de-
serves great credit for the training
of the people taking part in the dem-
onstration, according to Mr. Windt,
since such work requires specialized
teaching in order to break down old
habits and to recreate control. The
kinds of dances and pantomimes in-
cluded are intended to illustrate how
this teaching is done and how it
helps in interpretation on the stage.
A number of unusual dances are
being included, one of which will be
done entirely by men. Mr. Windt
remarked that the dance is by no
means restricted to women, and that
men can be as proficient as women.
Several numbers will be given by the
Dance Club, as well as by the inter-
mediate class in dancing, since Play
Production students are doing only
half of the program.
To Include Pantomime
Play Production's part of the pro-
gram will include a pantomime done
to the accompaniment of all sorts of
primitive instruments, a puppet pan-
tomime with characteristic mechan-
ical effects, and a finished playlet
with music and dialogue, in the ef-
fort to show how the dance can aid
in expression in the theatre.
Tickets for the demonstration are
invitational and requests will be ac-
cepted from 1 to 6 p. m. on Tuesday,
Jan. 23, at the Lydia Mendelssohn
box office. Mr. Windt said: "We are
very anxious to welcome people who
are interested in the program."
John B. Waite
I Sp AS (. .t
Women's Club
Prof. John B. Waite of the Law
School was guest speaker yesterday
at the meeting of the local branch of
the American Association of Uni-
versity Women held in conjunction
with the state board meeting at the
League. Professor Waite chose as
his topic the subject of his new book,
to appear this month, "Criminal Law
in Action."'
The state board, headed by Mrs.
W. D. Henderson, Ann Arbor, presi-
dent, met yesterday morning to dis-
cuss plans for the state convention
to be held in Detroit soon. A lunch-
eon followed for the local and state
boards, and at 3 p. in., the local
branch held its meeting. Tea was
served after Professor Waite's talk.
Special guests at the state board
meeting included Dean Irma Voigt,
of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio,
Miss Maud Eagle, president of the
Ann Arbor branch, and Mrs. Burn-
ham Finney, president of the Detroit
Besides Mrs. Henderson, members
of the state board are Mrs. Frederick
Steinhilber,Jackson, first vice-presi-
dent; Miss Marie Sayles, Flint, trea-
surer; Dean Marion Gray, Albion,
College, educational chairman; Mrs.
Thomas McAllister, Grand Rapids,
chairman legislative committee; Mrs.

George Cannon, Battle Creek, pub-
licity; Miss Mercy Hayes, Detroit,
fellowship chairman; Mrs. C. H.a
Brand, Saginaw, chairman scholar-
ships; Miss Marjorie Delavan, Lan-
sing, editor of the News Letter. 5
The Ann Arbor board includes
Miss Hagle, Mrs. Edward Adams,
vice-president, and m e m b e r s h i p
chairman; Miss Edith Barnard, sec-
retary; Miss Anna Steele, treasurer;
Miss Blossom Bacon, president of
the junior group; and Mrs. Robert
Hall, Mrs. Hugh Keeler, Mrs. William
Giefel, Mrs. Edgar Johnston, Miss
Dorothy Ogborn, Mrs. C. D. Thorpe,
Miss Sara Whedon, Mrs. Arthur B.
Moehlman, and Mrs. E. R. Sunder-

Barbara Sutherland, '35, is general
chairman of the Junior Girls' Play
-to be presented March 21 through 25.
Miss hite Cites
Dance 4s Medium
For Self-Direction

velvet with the new white flower
The Union's 12-piece band has note carried out in the neckline.
been chosen to play for the musical Virginia Hartz and Melinda Cros-
comedy, "Gang's All There." for the by were both in tune with the trend
unusual program of modern music with their black velvet gowns. The
will require a larger and more versa- sleeves of Miss Crosby's dress were
tile orchestra than has appeared be- cleverly trimmed with brillants.
fore. Joan Anderson introduced a touch
The play will' combine the ele- of color with her gold fur-trimmed
ments not only of the stereotyped Sunday night dress.
musical show with its catchy tunes Charline Charles was dressed in
but also the present trend toward black crepe, as was Lucille Peloquin.
distinctive, imaginative effects in The latter's dress was relieved by a
music and dancing. It is a back- chartreuse colored-bodice. Betty Im-
stage, big city comedy and involves mel's gown of blue gorgette struck
a show within the show; thus it is a tailored note with straight white
possible to effectively combine these collars and cuffs.
radically different types of produc-,
tion. Ek.und To Lead Meeting
Chorus girls, "mugs," molls, ac-Ed
torsni h 1 dTonight At Hairris Hall
tors, night revelers and such are
among the cast and the story is a Mr. Edwin G. Eklund of New York
satire on our glorified racketeer. City will lead the discussion meeting
Realistic Effects to be held at 7 p. in. today in Harris
The actual play will be developed Hall. The topic will be "Insurance
realistically for there will be no set in the Depression."
choruses since the singing will be
worked into the action of the story. Cheer," which has become such a
This means that the orchestra wll startling success in New York, uses
not merely accompany a stray singer only modern dance numbers, for the
now and then, but will have to pro- old routine choruses are definitely
vide the musical background for "out."
complete scenes. ,-__.


The dance is now recognized as a
most important educational medium,
because it affords an opportunity for
self-direction, expression, initiative,
creative activity, and rhythmic train-
ing, according to Miss Emily V.
White, instructor in Physical Educa-
tion for Women.
For the average person, Miss White
said, the dance is the most accessible
and easily acquired form of expres-
sion of all the arts. While this does
not mean, she pointed out, that the
average person would be ready for
program or recital dancing within
four or six weeks, it does provide sat-
isfying expression through not only
different types of music, but also
through increased ease, confidence,
freedom, and vitality in movement.
Learning to move easily and freely
to simple, rhythmic patterns is much
less subtle and complicated than
mastering the techniques that are
necessary in playing a violin, she
asserted. In Miss White's opinion,
the dance is an excellent way of be-
coming acquainted with the other
arts. "One learns to appreciate mu-
sic through moving not only to its
rhythms, but also to its patterns and
forms, and at the same time, one
learns something of design through
moving in design." Miss White be-
lieves that to become artists in the
dance requires the work of a life
time. People tend to think, she said,
that "a dance"' or "to dance" can
be perfected in ten lessons, whereas
highly-trained' professiohals often re-
hearse dances weeks and even
months before' they appear on the
No movement is beautiful or effi-
cient without rhythm, explained Miss
White. Tis is true, she contended,
in both sports and dancing, as well
as in such diverse tasks as loading
a coal truck or in acting on the
stage. Comparatively few people
have considered the importance of
being rhythmic in their bodily move-
ments or have realized that any
movement executed in rhythm is at
once more efficient and effortless
than one that is awkward or stiff.
"Awkwardness can be attributed to
lack of rhythm in co-ordination, to
tension, and to lack of understand-
ing of correct line," while "grace,"
she said, is often interpreted as an
affected, artificial type of movement.
People who move with correct line,
and whose co-ordination is not im-
peded b faulty rhythm, actually
achieve grace.
The dance has held an important
place in the cultural development of
all peoples, Miss White declared, in
that originally it was an integral
part of -all religious -expression. Ev-
Erything that was of vital signifi-
;ance in life, she added, was given
ome type of dance form. The only
dances of. which any description re-
mains are folk dances, said Miss
White, who further 'termed them as
the expressions of customs of var-
ious peoples. As any art is an ex-
pression of a people' and of a civili-
,ation, our dances rather than being
ike the past,.must be of today. In
order to present a program of dances,
she stated, the creators of these
dances must necessarily have ideas
which need to be communicated
'hrough rhythmic designs

Dr. Margaret Bell, the head of the
Women's Physical Education Depart-
nient, has done a great deal of won-
derful work in her capacity of Medi-
cal Adviser for Women.
Ann Arbor To Hold Ball'
In Honor Of President.
Ann Arbor will take part in the
nation-wide celebration of President
Roosevelt's birthday, Jan. 30, by
holding a ball at the Masonic Tem-
ple that night.
The President is vitally interested
in the Warm Springs Foundation at
Warm Springs, Georgia, dedicated to
the cure of paralytic children. The
proceeds of the Ball will go toward
its endowment fund. Tickets are
priced at $1 per couple.
Whee To Gop
Motion Pictures: Michigan, "Con-
vention City" with Joan Blondell and
Adolph Menjou; Majestic, "The
House on 56th Street" with Kay
Francis; Whitney, "Brief Moment"
with Carole Lombard and Gene Ray-
Dancing: Chubb's, Hut, Dixie Inn,
Preketes, Joe Parker's.

nWn'V.nn 1 l. 41,,, Tti, n,.c'it,,
From the age of eight when she be-
gan her medical career with a pe-
rusal of the "Journal of the Ameri-
can Medical Association." Dr. Mar-
garet Bell's life has been a fast-mov-
ing and eventful one.
Dr. Bell, who is now serving the
university in the capacity of Direc-
tor of Physical Education for Wo-
men, Medic'al Adviser for Women,
and Professor of Physical Education
and Hygiene, was born in Chicago of
Scotch and American parentage.
Her early schooling was received
in the John Dewey experimental
school, noted as being the first of the
progressive schools, and especially
designed to give every educational
opportunity to develop individuality
in the student. 'Her attendance at
this school ended during the middle
of high school, when she left to at-
tend the University High associated
with the University of Chicago.
She knew that she wanted to be
a doctor, so, from childhood her edu-
cation was all directed toward that
end. During her sophomore year at
the University of Chicago she left
to attend Sargent Normal School,
from which she graduated in physi-
cal education.
Active As Student
At the University of Chicago, Dr.
Bell was extremely active in student
functions. In fact, it was because
her parents thought that she was
overdoing it that they allowed her to
go to Sargent school. I-ter interests
were many, including'dramatics,
W.A.A., 'language clubs; and she was
for all the years that she attended
as a student, president of what is
termed there the "Science College."
It was while she was at the Tru-
deau School of Tuberculosis that she
herself had an attack of tuberculosis.
She graduated from Rush Medical
School, and later received a certih-
cate at San Francisco Hospital. Her
graduate work she did at the Uni-
versity of Chicago, Harvard Medical
School, Vienna, Austria, and in the
School of Medicine here.
Dr. Bell is a person of boundless

energy, and has been all her life, she
says. "I probably have 'that energy
because I like everything that I do;
I hiave been fortunate in not having
to do anything distasteful to me," is
the way that she expresses her in-
terest in so many different activities.
With opportunities to go to other
eastern colleges, Dr. Bell preferred
to remain at Michigan, because she
"likes the type of women we have
here." They're intelligent and eager
to assimilate knowledge, she stated.
Holds Honorary Titles
A glimpse of the extent of her in-
terests could be imagined if there
were enough space to enumerate the
lists of countless committeeships,
most of them on health and physical
education, that she holds. Her most
recent honor came in her appoint-
ment as delegate to the International
Conference of Medical Women to be
held in Stockholm during August of
this year. She belongs to numerous
honorary medical and educational
societies, and possesses the titles of
Fellow of the American College of
Physicians, and Fellow of the Ameri-
can Physical Education Association,
she is also an honorary medicine un-
When this interview was granted,
Dr. Bell was about to play a game
of badminton. She is expert in any
number of sports: tournament ten-
nis, golf, riding, skating--- in fact all
the sports are her favorites, and she
never started any of them until she
had learned the technicalities of the

One central scene, running for
about 25 minutes, will be done en-
tirely to music in the "Chauve Sou-
ris" manner. This whole interlude
will feature highly exaggerated,
comic dancing.
Each instrument of the band will
have to produce particular, weird
impressions. During this scene the
actions of the 75 persons on the
stage, the scenery, costumes, and
dancing will be synchronized with
the music to produce a highly
stylized, unusual effect.
From the overture on through to
the finale the music will be organized
as a complete whole, building up
with the action of the play to the
climax. The music for such a show
must be an entity in itself, Mr. Rus-
sell McCracken, director, stated; for
it should be possible to play success-
fully the complete musical program
without the action of the play.
Stylized Music
The modern, stylized effects in
music and 'dancing have been par-
ticularly well recevied on Broadway
the past few seasons and the artistic,
interpretive dancing made famous
by Miss Doris Humphreys is being
used extensively. "As Thousands

T lie committee was not certain,1
however, that a college audienceI
would be educated to appreciate a
type of productiontas essentially dif-
ferent from what it expects of a mu-
sical comedy. For this reason a
play was selected that could appeal
both to the stock responses, in the
way of clever tap dances and smart
lyrics, and to the interest in some-
thing distinctive and decidedly "dif-
Planned Concert
The Union Band had previously'
planned to present a concert of mod-
ern compositions to prove to the pub-
lic that a dance orchestra can exe-
cute more difficult numbers than the
popular tunes. Robert Steinle, di-
rector, said, "Gang's All There" will
provide an excellent opportunity for
the band to display its ability to pro-
duce the necessary weird, comic, or
realistic imagery effectively.
Mr. McCracken, speaking for the
committee, said that they appreci-
ated the generosity of the Union in
lending their band for the third
week-end in March. Mr. Steinle's
knowledge of music and his willing
co-operation will be of inestimable
value to the forthcoming production,
he stated.

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gins, 133, Port Huron, were
over the week-end.




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