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Mura Dehn

Born: 1905

Death: Jan 1, 1985

Birthplace: Odessa

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Mura Dehn

Date of Birth : 1905
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1985
Birth Place : Odessa

Mura Ziperovitch Dehn documented African-American social jazz dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in New York between 1920 and 1940, a time that she referred to as the "Golden Age of Jazz." She also worked as a producer and documenter up until her death, and was co-artistic director of Traditional Jazz Dance Theater, along with vaudeville performer James Berry. Dehn was raised in Russia where she was schooled in ballet and modern dance by Ellen Tels, a student of Isadora Duncan. She realized early on that dance would be her passion in life. During her training she was exposed to many styles of dance, including jazz. However, she did not become interested in the style of jazz dance until later. In 1925 Dehn ventured to Paris in hopes of furthering her dance career. There, she saw Josephine Baker perform. At that time in Paris, Baker was regarded as one of the best jazz dancers in the country, and was extremely popular. Mura Dehn then realized that she was very attracted to jazz dance. She instantly became a fan and decided to take up jazz dance to see where it would lead her.


  • Film Producer
  • Film director

Also known as

  • Mura Ziperovitch Dehn


  • Adolf Dehn
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