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Ned Wayburn and Alma Gluck learning the Charleston at his studio. in 1926

Stage Name

Birth Name

Ned Wayburn n/a

   Started his career as an usher in theater. Mr. Wayburn would become a Choreographer, Dancer, Author and probably the first Dance Studio-Chain owner ( Ned Wayburn Studio's) with studios in Florida, New York (1841 Broadway,) Atlantic City and Chicago.

   Wayburn taught many famous people between the 1910's and 1930's to dance such as Fred Astaire, Ann Pennington (1913 Passing Show,) Gilda Gray, Marilyn Miller, Ada Mae Weeks, Evelyn Law, Oscar Shaw, Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor etc. as well as created many new dances of the time such as the 'Gilda Glide' for Gilda Gray, the 'Ziegfeld Walk' for the Ziegfeld Girls, so his showgirls could navigate the steep staircases, which would consist of an exaggerated hip and shoulder thrust, and another dance called the Whirlwind Waltz for the Ceballos dance team.

    In 1902, at the New York Theater Roof, Wayburn staged a musical called 'Ned Wayburn's Minstrel Misses' which featured chorus girls with blackened faces who did typical minstrel dances. In this play Wayburnis said to have coined the terms ' Tap Dance and Step Dance,' which was the very first time Tap

(Wayburn and Alma Gluck)

dance was used in a public and professional sense.

    Ned had a immensely succesful dance studio called 'Ned Wayburn's College of Vaudeville.'During Wayburn's time dancing fell into four categories; Musical Comedy, Modern Dances ( Ballroom,) Buck and Wing and Soft Shoe. Wayburn would teach budding stars and starlets these three categories and included make-up, Costuming, Diet, Singing and Deportment which was all taught at his studios. Buddy Bradley would be Wayburn's only competition with Wayburn being considered "Square" when it came to Bradley, but because Bradley was black he would not get the credit for many of his dancing students successes.

    In Atlantic City Ned created the Wayburn's Nightingales (1907,) which consisted of the Marks boys ( Groucho and Gummo) and little Mabel O'Donnell, they later were called the Three Nightingales ( Finally ending as Four.) Wayburn married and divorced a Floradora Sextet girl named Agnes, they later divorced, then married and divorced Helene Davis, who was known for singing the song 'Smiles.'


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Pittsburgh, PA 3/30/1874 - 9/2/1942 Helene “Smiles” Davis n/a
            Agnes Wayburn (1st wife ?)      

Dance Types

Dance Partners / Students

Music Titles

Acrobatic / Adagio Alma Gluck (see picture) 1897 - Syncopated Sandy ( Ragtime)
Ballroom Ann Pennington (1913 to 1924) 1903 - My Dixie Land Daisy ( Misses)
Charleston Arthur Murray 1918 - How Can You Tell
Court Dances Barbara Stanwyck 1920 - I Love the Land of Old Black Joe
Footloose Strut Fred & Adele Astaire(1913) 1927 - Savanah Stomp
Tap, Clog, Buck Gilda Gray      
Minstrel Dances Marilyn Miller      
Gilda Glide Ned Wayburn's Promenaders      
Cotillions Vernon & Irene Castle      
Savannah Stomp Wayburn's Minstrel Misses (1903)      
Shimmie            
Ziegfeld Walk            
Whirlwind Waltz (1907)            

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Ned Wayburn's Frivolity Club 1902 - New York Theater Roof 1902 - Minstrel Misses
  1903 - Montauk Theatre, IX, II (1905,) IV (1906) 1903 - The Rogers Brothers in London (staging)
  1904 - Liberty Theater 1904 - In Newport
      Various Minstrel Shows 1905 - The Pearl and the Pumpkin
      1905 - Aerial Theater 1905 - Lifting the Lid
      1907 - Wallack's Theater 1906 - A One Horse Town
      1908 - Casino Theater 1906 - The Ham Tree
      1908 - Circle Theater 1907 - The Time and the Place and the Girl
      1908 - Lyric Theater 1908 - Mimic World, The
      1909 - Weber's Music Hall 1908 - Mlle. Mischief
      1910 - Broadway Theater 1908 - Mr Hamlet of Broadway
      1911 - Follies Bergere 1908 - School Days
      1915 - Gaiety Theater 1909 - The Goddess of Liberty
      1915 - Century Theater 1910 - The Summer Widowers ( W/ V. Castle)
      1918 - New Amsterdam Theater 1911 - Hello Paris
      1919 - Capital Theater* 1912 - A Rainy Saturday
      1925 - B.F. Kieth's Theatre 1912 - The Passing Show ( Also 1913)
      1925 - Palace Theatre 1915 - She's In Again
      1929 - Knickerbockers Theater 1915 - Town Topics
      1930 - Ziegfeld Theater 1916 - Melodyland [ Producer] ( Buck dance)
        1916 - Ziegfeld Follies ( Staging)
            1917 - Ziegfeld Follies ( Staging)
            1918 - Ziegfeld Follies ( Staging)
            1919 - Capital Revue* ( Demi-Tassie Revue)
            1919 - Ziegfeld's 9' O'Clock Review
            1919 - Ziegfeld Follies ( Staging)
            1920 - Ed Wynn Carnival
            1920 - Poor Little Ritz Girl(directed)
            1920 - The Night Boat
            1922 - Ziegfeld Folies (& 1923)
            1925 - Demi Tasse Revue (Keiths)
            1925 - Honeymoon Cruise
            1925 - Sunny (w/ Fred Astaire)
            1925 - Wayburns Jazzy Revue
            1926 - Five Reilleys
            1926 - Why Be Sane
            1927 - Promenaders
            1929 - Ned Wayburn's Gambols
            1930 - Smiles ( W/ Astaire's)

Films

Contests

Publications

1924 - The Great White Way n/a 7/4/1903 - N. Y. Mail & Express Mag.
1925 - Ned Wayburn Charleston Films       4/14/1907 - New Jersey Sun
1935 - Convention Way**       9/1907 - New York Dramatic Mirror
1935 - Atlantic City Dream**       12/1916 - Theater Magazine (his showgirls)
            5/26/1925 - Brisgeport Telegram (Jazzing The Jungle)
            6/1925 - Theatre Magazine
            8/25/1941 - Life Magazine
            $ Art of Stage Dancing ( Wayburn)
            $ Jazz Dance (Marshall Stearns)
            $ Ned Wayburn and the Dance Routine
            Wayburn's Aerials Book ( Author)
            Wayburn's Health and Fitness Book ( Author)

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