Adagio Dancers in Portland - c. 1930


Adagio Dancers in Portland - Fink Studio

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In the 1920s, acrobatic dance routines became extremely fashionable and the dances were either described as ‘whirlwind’ or ‘adagio’. Adagio dances were slower, and often involved the partners holding a pose for some period of time. In this image, we see Ann Knifle being supported by a man named Cliff as they strike a pose. One early adagio dancer stated, "To be more than a mere exhibition of strength, a dance of this type must be beautiful and interesting. Both dancers must remember that the same sense of proportion and beautiful flowing line must be preserved as in ordinary dancing."

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0959
Photographer Fink Studio
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Performers, Portraits
Decade 1930s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.9 x 9.5 inches
Photographer's Number No