Louise Jorgensen in Indian dress (LOC)

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    Louise Jorgensen in Indian dress

    [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
    Photograph shows dancer and teacher Louise Jorgensen (d. 1995) who lived in Oakland, California. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

    General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

    Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.11156

    Call Number: LC-B2- 2478-7

    yu-san, Zabowski, brooke8trout, and 62 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. cotinis 72 months ago | reply

      I wonder if it could be this Louise Jorgensen, said to be a dancer(?) in Oakland, CA?
      "For almost 70 years, from 1919 until the pageant's farewell performance in 1987, a one-woman powerhouse, Louise Jorgensen, transformed the Cadigans and thousands of other Oakland schoolchildren into dancing toys and ballerinas for two performances during the first weekend of December."

    2. Moccasins on my feet 4ever 54 months ago | reply

      Her dress and moccasins are beautiful. Why is she wearing them? Who is she?

    3. Aileen of Oakland 35 months ago | reply

      Yes, absolutely certain this is Louise Jorgensen of Oakland. Knew her very very well and recognized her immediately in this photo. She studied many types of dance throughout her career, so this costume was most likely for some type of performance. She was primarily a ballet dancer and teacher, and was most noted as director of Oakland's Children's Christmas Pageant 1919-1987.

    4. chefmia 35 months ago | reply

      Miss Jorgensen was my ballet instructor when i was a child. I took classes with her at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland Ca. from 1st grade until 5th grade. She was an amazing dancer & a wonderful teacher. I can remember dancing the "Flight of the Bumblebees"...weaving the Maypole... and dancing every year in the Oakland Christmas Pageant. My most memorable year was when i got to be a pointsetta...i can still hear the music :) She was strict but loving. I'll never forget her.

    5. Kristi (LOC P&P) 34 months ago | reply

      Aileen of Oakland and chefmia:

      Thank you for sharing your recollections of Louise Jorgensen. Thanks to your efforts we will be able to add more details about Miss Jorgensen to this description.

    6. ¡¡¡ Bienvenidos al Mágico Mundo de los Niños! 33 months ago | reply

      Que imagen tan bella... realmente hermosa en su conjunto... es un lindo aporte.

    7. Jane Jomesz 30 months ago | reply

      I have only vague memories of Oakland Children's Ballet Christmas Pageant and will have to ask my mom for more details. I was sharing my memories with Miss Marilyn (always has concave bob hairstyles) when I took my daughter to class, the Montclair Rec Dance Teacher She recalls it quite well and really thought it was time... she would totally bring this back if she was supported with the right people! I wish I had more pictures and memories, but instead its more of a happy feeling around the idea of it. : )

    8. harrie@flickr 23 months ago | reply

      Did Madame Jorgensen have other siblings in dance?

    9. Ryan (LOC P&P) 23 months ago | reply

      According to her 1995 obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle, she left no immediate relatives.

    10. child dancer 17 months ago | reply

      Ms. Jorgensen was may ballet instructor for five years. I have a great appreciation for dance and music due to her instruction. I too performed in the May pole dance in Fairytale town, Christmas pageant and at the boathouse. My parents attended adult dances she organized. Her assitant, Cecila was a great inspration to the students. I have good memories of getting up early on Saturday mornings and learning ballet at her home studio. I still have my ballet shoes!

    11. child dancer 17 months ago | reply

      We all were her children....

    12. krause97@sbcglobal.net 10 months ago | reply

      I have been searching for footage online for years of the Oakland Children's Christmas Pageant. I was a student of hers in the 70's & 80's every Wed. at the First Presbyterian Church in Oakland Ca. Memories of Doll Day, The Maypole, Fairyland, Ms. Jorgensen's Castanets, and the beloved Christmas Pageant. I started in the pageant as Fairy at 3 1/2 yrs old and danced in it every year til the last year 1987. One year I got to be the doll that came out of the large pink box and got carried around the arena on Santa's shoulder. A favorite moment of the pageant would be the roar of the crowd when that majestic large Christmas tree would light up during the Ornaments Dance....wait.. the best moment of the pageant was The spirit of Christmas when Ms. Jorgensen would dance with the few special little fairy dancers and then the large doors would open to reveal hundreds of darling little skipping fairies...I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. Beautiful Memories for all those who experienced the joy of Ms. Jorgensen and her beloved pageant. Alanda D. in Antioch

    13. Ryan (LOC P&P) 9 months ago | reply

      krause97: thanks so much for sharing your vivid and emotional story. Looks like the main branch of the Oakland Public Library might have some good resources to explore. Good luck in your search.

    14. harrie@flickr 8 months ago | reply

      i hope you find the Xmas Pageant footage- the Maypole so special day. i too am looking for a few photographs i simply can not do without indeed was the purpose of my art. Good luck to every one of us. May it appear!!! (even against all odds)

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