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Nova Scotia Archives: Hylda Davies

By Julye Huggins
Flotation Suit and a Screen Scrapbook (ca. 1923-1935)

The Nova Scotia Archives has released a variety of 16mm footage from the 1920s and 1930s, including some dance clips. In this montage of Allen Fraser’s films, we find the short dance film A Screen Scrapbook - Woodland Dance directed by Hylda Davies (between time codes 3:57 and 6:13). According to the archives posting, Davies was a dance, teacher and choreographer who came to Halifax after World War I and became the director of a highly successful dance school. Among her contributions to cultural life in Halifax over a span of twenty-five years, she “established a series of Prologue performances at the Capitol Theatre between movies.”Another dance clip in this video also shows an English May pole folk dance, performed on Studley field at Dalhousie campus.
Learn more:Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management

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