Louise Soelberg, one of the pioneers of modern dance, died Jan. 5 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was 90.
She started her career as a dance teacher at Cornish School of Music & Art and in 1930 was invited to England to establish a dance department at Dartington Hall.
She went on to join the Ballet Jooss as a leading dancer for their world tours of “The Green Table,””Pavane,””Ballade” and “The Big City.” She was a prima ballerina with the company from 1934 until the outbreak of World War II.
In London, she established the Dance Centre, a training center for modern dance for teachers and professionals and toured the country with her own dance company.
She was choreographer for the Travelling Repertory Theatre, run by her husband, Basil Langton. Together they toured Europe in a production of “Saint Joan.”
She came to the U.S. in the late 1940s to teach dance and stayed with the profession until the 1950s, when a ruptured disk ended her dance career.
Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren.