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lulu  In the mid-1930's, Louise Brooks worked as a professional dancer. She and various partners performed at theaters and nightclubs in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Miami and elsewhere. This page presents a bibliography of newspaper and magazine articles relating to Brooks' work as a nightclub and ballroom dancer. Entries are arranged chronologically. Commentary regarding Brooks, or the performance or engagement (excerpted from the material cited), are offered as annotations.

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible. Most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in September 2005.

Ballroom Dancer

New Movie Magazine, January, 1934.
--- photo of Brooks & Davis

Early, C.M. "Going Places in Chicago." Chicago Times, February 23, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up in society column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Lawson, John. "The Cafe Critic." Chicago Daily News, February 23, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief mention of Brooks & Davis dance team in column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Bunny. "Scion of Old Family Makes Debut With Wife at Chez Paree Club." Chicago Evening American, February 24, 1934. (United States) *
--- article about Brooks & Davis dance team in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Early, C.M. "Going PLaces in Chicago." Chicago Times, February 25, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up in society column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Dearborn, Dorothy. "Lake Laughter." Chicago Herald and Examiner, February 26, 1934. (United States) *
--- write up about Brooks & Davis in column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Lawson, John. "The Cafe Critic." Chicago Daily News, February 27, 1934. (United States) *
--- review of Brooks & Davis in column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Bunny. "Debut of Louise Brooks and Her Wealthy Husband as Dancers Draws Praise." Wichita Beacon, March 4, 1934. (United States) *
--- Chicago Evening American article reprinted in Wichita, Kansas newspaper

Cass, Judith. "Mrs. Donner Is Engaged to Lord Tennyson." Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1934. (United States) *
--- "Those who dine at the Casino Thursday night at the weekly buffet supper will see Deering Davis and his wife, Louise Brooks, dance after supper for they have promised Mrs. John R Winterbotham Jr., chairman of the entertainment committee, to dance." - brief mention in society column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Land. "Capitol, N.Y." Variety, April 17, 1934. (United States) *
--- review of Dario & Louise; " . . . one of the dance acts is Louise Brooks and Dario from the Place Piquale. Did okay. Miss Brooks is an ex-star of films, but that fact is unmentioned. Her radical change of coiffure makes identification not too easy, especially as dancing is a new role for her. Dario handles her smartly and she handles herself with commendable facility. White satin does not appear to be the ideal selection for her."

anonymous. "Once a Movie Star, Now Part of a Dance Team.", June ??, 1934. (United States)
--- article in New York City newspaper

author unknown. New York Sunday Mirror, June 29, 1934. (United States)
--- article about appearance by Dario & Louise dance team in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Detroit's Night Clubs." Detroit Free Press, July 27, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up about Dario and Louise Brooks in column in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Revelry by Night." Detroit News, July 29, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up about Dario and Louise Brooks in column in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Detroit's Night Clubs." Detroit Free Press, August 3, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up about Dario and Louise Brooks in column in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Revelry by Night." Detroit News, August 5, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up about Dario and Louise Brooks in column in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Detroit's Night Clubs." Detroit Free Press, August 10, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief write-up about Dario and Louise Brooks in column in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

Harrison, Paul. "In New York." Oleans Times Herald, August 15, 1934. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, the Kansas lass who was coming into prominence during the last days of silent pictures, is a ballroom dancer now . . .." - instance of syndicated column in Oleans, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Helen Morgan at Chez Paree; Cabaret Shows." Chicago Tribune, September 16, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief mention in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Lawson, John. "Musical Plaints." Chicago Daily News, September 18, 1934. (United States) *
--- " . . . Louise Brooks and Dario (the former in exquisite gowns designed by Ernest Newman)." - mention in column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

"Gold Coast Pets." Chicago Herald and Examiner, September 30, 1934. (United States) *
--- captioned photo of Dario and Louise in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

anonymous. "Olsen-Shutta Troupe Coming to College Inn." Chicago Tribune, September 30, 1934. (United States) *
--- "Dario and Louise Brooks are winning favor as a ballroom dancing team." - write up in column in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

anonymous. "Paradise Presents a New Floor Show." New York Times, October 11, 1934. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, November 10, 1934. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

Abel. "Place Piquale, N.Y." Variety, November 13, 1934. (United States) *
--- brief review of Dario & Louise

Long, Lois. "Tables for Two." New Yorker, November 24, 1934. (United States) *
--- small mention in column; "And Dario and Louise are dancing. I didn't dare look at first, because Brooks has always been a swell girl; when I finally peeked, I was grateful to her for being a swell dancer besides. It is damn nice of her to be so good."

McIntyre, O. O. "New York Day by Day." New York American, November 28?, 1934. (United States)
--- "In the dancing division Louise Brooks and Dario threaten to recapture the furore of the Castles. Miss Brooks is also of the socially elect." - mention in column in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Embassy Club Opens Its Season Tonight." Miami Herald, January 16, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in article in Miami, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "Opening of Club Drawns Interest." Miami Herald, January 17, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in brief article in Miami, Florida newspaper

Hough, Hugh. "Revelry By Night." Miami Herald, January 18, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in column in Miami, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "Embassy Planning Series of Events." Miami Herald, January 19, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in brief article in Miami, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "With the Supper Clubs." Miami Herald, January 23 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in column in Miami, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "Embassy Club's Program Draws." Miami Herald, January 26, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in article in Miami, Florida newspaper

Hough, Hugh. "Revelry By Night." Miami Herald, January 30, 1935. (United States) *
--- write-up in column in Miami, Florida newspaper

Harrison, Paul. "...In New York." Fitchburg Sentinel, January 31, 1935. (United States) *
--- mention in syndicated column in Fitchburg, Massachusetts newspaper

anonymous. "Embassy Club Opens Mid-Season Program." Miami Herald, February 16, 1935. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks and Dario, who danced at the Embassy during the early weeks of the season, are to be presented again. Miss Brooks is a stage and screen star, but is now enjoying her favorite art of dancing, with which she began her career." - mention in article in Miami, Florida newspaper

Hough, Hugh. "Revelry by Night." Miami Herald, February 18, 1935. (United States) *
--- "However, Dario and Miss Brooks are most recently from the Pation in Palm Beach, where they appeared after the Embassy went into temporary winter quarters recently. Their public, I know, will be pleased to learn that this team of effortless and facile dancers is again at work in our little community." - mention in column in Miami, Florida newspaper

Sullivan, Ed. "Broadway - Goes to Miami." Washington Post, February 19, 1935. (United States) *
--- "Personal recommendation: Dario and Louise Brooks, the former cinema queen, one of the more exciting dance teams in Florida." - mention in instance of syndicated column in Washington D. C. newspaper

anonymous. "Embassy Club Offers Distinctive Program." Miami Herald, February 23, 1935. (United States) *
--- "Appearing with her are Louise Brooks and Dario, noted ballroom dancers lately from the Place Pigane in New York. The graceful Miss Brooks, lately of stage and movie stardom, is practicing her first art, having started her brilliant career as a dancer." - mention in article in Miami, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, March 9, 1935. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, March 30, 1935. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Screen Notes." New York Times, April 12, 1935. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

Denis, Paul. "Capitol, New York." Billboard, April 20, 1935. (United States) *
--- review of April 12 performance by Dario and Louise Brooks

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, May 18, 1935. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, June 8, 1935. (United States) *
--- Dario and Louise Brooks are referenced in article in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Night Club Notes." New York Times, August 17, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is referenced in article in New York City newspaper

M. R. J. "The Theatre." Wall Street Journal, August 20, 1935. (United States) *
--- Brooks is referenced in article - "Night Club Notes."

Parson, Louella. "Hollywood." Syracuse Herald Journal, October 14, 1939. (United States) *
--- " . . . just heard that Louise Brooks is teaching dancing." - mention in syndicated column

anonymous. "Brooks-O'Shea Dancing Studio Open." Hollywood Citizen-News, February 24, 1940. (United States) *
--- brief article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Pair Offer Dancing Smartness." Hollywood Citizen-News, March 9, 1940. (United States) *
--- captioned photo in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Start of Studio Reviewed by Brooks-O'Shea." Hollywood Citizen-News, March 16, 1940. (United States) *
--- brief article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Pair Instruct in Popular Dances." Hollywood Citizen-News, April 20, 1940. (United States) *
--- captioned photo in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Teaching Dances." Hollywood Citizen-News, August 31, 1940. (United States) *
--- captioned photo in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Entertain at Crestview Monday Night." Wichita Eagle, September 22, 1940. (United States) *
--- article in Wichita, Kansas newspaper

Fidler, Jimmie. "Movieland: It's People and Products." Appleton Post-Cresent, November 21, 1940. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, ex-star, is teaching the rhumba and La Conga in Wichita, Kan." - instance of mention in syndicated column in Appleton, Wisconsin newspaper

author unknown. "Has a Manual On Dancing Art - Louise Brooks Writes a Comprehensive Booklet - Has Wide Experience." Wichita Eagle, December 17, 1940. (United States) *
--- article in Wichita, Kansas newspaper


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