50 years of ballet

1985 Society of Dance

The Loyola Ballet program kicked off its 50th anniversary season last week with its Fall Concert. In 1964, famed New Orleans dancer and choreographer Lelia Haller was asked by Loyola to institutionalize a dance program. Janet Comer and Rene Toups, the first two Loyola dance/drama majors, graduated in 1973.

Lelia Haller

Associate Professor Emerita  Gayle Parmelee succeeded Lelia Haller as Director of the Loyola Ballet in 1978.

Gayle Parmelee

Gayle Parmelee and students

Loyola graduate Laura Zambrano took over direction of the ballet after Gayle Parmelee retired in 1999. Today, it is an award-winning program.

Laura Zambrano and Enrique Martinez, 1981

1997 ballet students

These photos and others can be found in Special Collections & Archives, the Loyola University Photographs Collection, and the digitized Wolf Yearbooks.

Dancer, 1978

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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