Ailes Gilmour

Ailes Gilmour

Born Jan 27, 1912
Died Apr 16, 1993

Ailes Gilmour was a Japanese American dancer who was one of the young pioneers of the American Modern Dance movement of the 1930s. She was one of the first members of Martha Graham's dance company. Ailes' older brother was sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

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1912 Birth Ailes, born 1912 in Yokohama, Japan, and her brother Isamu were born to different fathers. … Read More
1920 8 Years Old Ailes grew up in a little Japanese style house that Léonie had constructed in Chigasaki, a seaside town near Yokohama. In 1920, Ailes and her mother returned to America, living first in San Francisco and then settling in New York City. … Read More


1928 16 Years Old In 1928, Ailes was the literary editor of The Cherry Pit, the Cherry Lawn's student magazine.
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After she graduated from high school in 1929, she went on to the Neighborhood Playhouse to study dance and performing arts as a scholarship student. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old During the Depression Era, dancers like Ailes and artists like Isamu struggled to find work. In 1932, when Radio City Music Hall opened, Ailes performed at the debut with Graham's company. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old In 1937, Ailes and Matons performed in a Works Progress Administration (WPA) recital at the Brooklyn Museum. … Read More


1948 36 Years Old In 1948, Ailes married anthropologist Herbert J. Spinden.


1993 81 Years Old On April 16, 1993, Ailes Gilmour Spinden died in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of eighty-one.
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