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Object Name Costume, Performance
Caption Red & white dance costume
Description Dance costume with short white circle skirt with crossed straps and red rickrack trim above the hem. Red short puff sleeve top has no collar and five large white front buttons. Small flat red hat has white frog cord and two matching white buttons.

Worn by Marjory & Doris Rotzien [top has name Marjory; skirt has name Doris] in the 1940s for performances with Miss Louise Nagel's tapdancing class in Hutchinson, MN. Pupils trained under the WPA recreational program. For more than ten years Marjory and her sister Doris Rotzien Nelson took lessons upstairs in City Hall and did recitals & performances at the State Theatre, old Armory, School, City Hall, and at the Grandstand at the McLeod County Fair. The sisters were the last students of Miss Nagel still dancing as teenagers. Costumes would correspond with the music of the particular dance. All costumes for her daughters were made by Genevieve Jensen Rotzien, mother of Marjory and Doris Rotzien.


Photographs of girls wearing this red & white costume are 2015-0162-005 and-006.
Catalog Number 2015-0162-004
Search Terms Costumes
Tap dancing
Rotzien Family
Subjects Costumes
Tap dancing
People Rotzien, Marjory
Plath, Marjory Rotzien
Nelson, Doris Rotzien
Rotzien, Doris
Rotzien, Genevieve Jensen