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Juanita Nicholson papers

Identifier: Dance-MS-Nicholson

Scope and Content of the Collection

Enrico Cecchetti was the teacher of Pavlova and the early 20th century Russian School; his method was later adapted for teaching classical ballet to children.

The collection includes The Cecchetti Council of America material: examination booklets, syllabi for teaching girls and men from elementary to advanced, graded lesson booklets, Enrico Cecchetti diploma documents and national newsletters. Also, four small undated pamphlets entitled, "The Cecchetti Method" by Cyril W. Beaumont; miscellaneous class notes and school hand-outs, including a syllabus by dancer Leon Danielian; two volumes of piano music for use when teaching the Cecchetti Method; a cassette tape, "New Advanced Cecchetti"; and phonograph records of the Cecchetti method, Grades One through Five, some in multiple copies, published in 1952. Audiovisual recordings in this collection have not been digitized and are unavailable for use at this time.


  • Creation: 1952-1983



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Juanita Nicholson papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have not been digitized and are unavailable for use at this time.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Juanita Nicholson papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Juanita Nicholson

Dance teacher and Newberry volunteer; wife of Toby Nicholson, dance and drama teacher, choreographer and volunteer with the Children's Theatre of Winnetka.


0.9 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Juanita Nicholson is a dance teacher and former volunteer at the Newberry in Chicago. Papers, which are mainly concerned with the Cecchetti Council of America and the Cecchetti method of teaching ballet, include instruction booklets, syllabi for dance classes and teacher examinations, some miscellaneous class notes, two volumes of piano music, a cassette tape, and phonograph records of Cecchetti Grades One through Five.


Arranged by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 11


Gift, Juanita Nicholson, 2009, 2017.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2012.

Inventory of the Juanita Nicholson papers, 1952-1983
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States