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Roberta Laune Collection

Identifier: BRSCA-RL-024
The Roberta Laune collection contains digitized images of photographs, newspaper articles and a performance program


  • Record Keeping: Majority of material found within 1930 - 2012

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The Ballets Russes Special Collections and Archive holds the physical rights only to most materials. Researchers must secure written permission from the Archive to publish archival material. Researchers assume all responsibility for conforming to copyright law and for correctly citing the source of the archival material.


16 Items : Digital


Roberta Laune, an American ballerina, was a dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1945-1952. Her collection contains digital images of photographs, newspaper articles and a performance program from her time with the company.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Roberta Laune decided she wanted to dance with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at the age of eight when she first saw them perform. At twelve, after recovering from a life-threatening illness, she continued her studies with Theodore Kosloff, Maria Baldina, and Bronislava Nijinska. In 1949, Mme. Nijinska invited Sergei Denham and Alexandra Danilova to her studio to see Roberta dance. Subsequently she auditioned for Frederic Franklin, who invited her to join the Ballet Russe, thus fulfilling her childhood dreams. During the next three years, she graduated from corps de ballet to a demi-soloist in many ballets, including Coppelia, Swan Lake, Scheherazade, Paquita, and Raymonda. She worked on the Jimmy Durante Show as well as with the Louis Dance Trio. She danced in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. She then worked as a television editor at ABC televsion.

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The finding aid was created by Jessie Hopper in 2012. Edited by Jakob Hertzel in 2015.
The Roberta Laune Collection
Jessie Hopper, updated by Jacob Hertzel
2012 and 2015
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