Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Pamela Loder – Birth Certificate – 1921

Pamela Loder - Birth Certificate - 28th July 1921

Pamela Katherine Loder the daughter of Eric and Iris Loder, 28th July 1921 – 23rd May 1941

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September 30, 2013 Posted by | Actress, Eric Loder, Gabrielle Ray, Iris Mary Lawson, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Eric Loder – Birth Certificate – 1888

Eric Loder - Birth Certificate - 15th March 1888

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Marriage Certificate – Eric Loder – 1920

Eric Loder - Marriage Certificate - 1920

The marriage certificate shows Eric Loder as “The divorced husband of Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder formally Cooke, spinster and Iris May Lawson as “The divorced wife of Digby Lawson, Baronet)

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Eric Loder – Visiting America – 1945

Eric Loder - Visiting America - 1945

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Eric Loder – Visiting America – 1908

Eric Loder - Visiting America - 1908

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The Merry Widow Waltz

Gabrielle Ray and George Mahrer - The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow (Rotary 11420 T)

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English musical comedy dancer and actress, and Georgie Mahrer (active early 20th Century), Austrian exhibition dancer, as they appeared in The Merry Widow, at Daly’s Theatre, London, from 6 January 1909. The run of this popular musical play began at Daly’s on 8 June 1907 and ended on 31 July 1909.
(photo: Bassano, London, 1909)

‘Mr. Georgie Mahrer, who is said to be the world’s champion waltzer, is coming from France to play in The Merry Widow and incidentally to give London people some new ideas on waltzing.’
(Daily Express, London, Thursday, 7 January 1909, p. 7d)

‘NEW MERRY WIDOW DANCE.
‘Mr. Georgie Mahrer, a dancer with a Continental reputation, made his London début at Daly’s Theatre last night in the third act of the Merry Widow. With new music and Miss Gabrielle Ray as a partner he made such an instantaneous success with the audience that two encores had to be given.
‘The craze for stage dancing that has at present caught hold of London has now a new feature in the ballroom style introduced by Mr. Mahrer last night.’
(Daily Mail, London, Wednesday, 20 January 1909, p. 3c)

‘AMERICAN DANCERS GIVEN FIRST PLACE
‘Georgie Mahrer, Expert, Puts French in the Second Rank.
‘English people are tearing their hair over an interview given by Georgie Mahrer, an Austrian, said to be the first dancer in the world, who has been brought over to London from Paris. According to Mahrer the best dancers in the world are, not the Austrians, nor the Germans, not even the English, but – the Americans. Along with people on the other side of the Atlantic he classes a select few of the Parisians.
”’Vienna,” he said, ”is the home of the waltz, but my country people are not, in my opinion, the best waltzers. That distinction belongs to the Americans and the Parisians. The English lift their feet too far off the ground, dance too quickly and turn too rapidly.”
‘Truth to tell the average Englishman has a poor opinion of the American as a dancer and loses no chance of ridiculing such innovations as the ”half-time” and the ”glide.” Kansas City Star
(The Washington Times, Washington, DC, Monday, 15 March 1909, p. 9d)

Footlights Notes

 

The Merry Widow - The Daily News (Perth,) Saturdat 20th February 1909

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The Dollar Princess – First Anniversary – The Straits Times – 1910

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The Tango – Dance Archives – 2012

 Tango Postcard - 1920

So how did the tango go from brothels to the ballroom?

Arthur Franks answers that question rather marvellously: “At first a dance of the riff-raff, it was not long before it was tamed sufficiently to gain wider approval.”

During the early years of the 20th century, the tango was danced among Argentinian émigrés in Paris, and spotted by Camille De Rhynal, “who was very important,” says Theresa, of the highly influential dancer, teacher, choreographer and competition organiser.

In 1907, De Rhynal proposed to theatre manager George Edwardes that the tango should be introduced on to the London stage. The story goes that Edwardes sent for Gabrielle Ray, a famous musical comedy singer and dancer, and that, with her assistance, De Rhynal gave the impresario an idea of the dance. However, the reaction was, as Kele laughingly puts it: “Ooh, lovely dance – couldn’t possibly do that.” London was not ready for the close embrace and sinuous allure of the tango in 1907.

At that time the dominant dance form was the waltz,” says Theresa, “and with the waltz there’s a sense of romance, but with the tango there’s more a sense of danger and eroticism. The audiences in the West End were quite prudish really – the fashionable ones, at any rate, the middle classes – then there was an outcry when it finally arrived in the UK in the season of 1912–1913.”

 

This is an extract from an article by Nicola Rayner – Dance Archives 

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English Rose – The Telegraph – 2013

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 1677 Q)

Gabrielle Ray was an Edwardian actress and dancer who became one of the first pin ups. A contemporary described her as a “a vision of loveliness with large blue eyes and a heart-shaped face framed in a mist of burnished golden hair”. Thousands of postcards depicting her in extravagant theatrical costumes survive from the period.

The Telegraph

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

 

 

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“Back to back waltz” – The World’s News (Sydney, NSW) – 1911

Back to back waltz - The World's News (Sydney, NSW) - Saturday 9th December 1911

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