Ginner, Ruby (1886–1978) By Carter, Alexandra
Working primarily during the second and third decades of the twentieth century, Ruby Ginner devised a new dance form called Revived Greek Dance (later changed to Classical Greek Dance). Fully cognizant of the impossibility of reconstructing dances from ancient Greece, she was inspired by their spirit, principles of movement, dramatic styles, and contexts of production. Extensive research on the artifacts, theater, literature, and thematic narratives of ancient Greece informed the development of a new movement vocabulary. With the mime artist Irene Mawer, Ginner established her own school, and her work was disseminated in the theater, in education, and through her published writings.