"'Chicago has the opera and the symphony, what they need is a ballet.' If I've heard that one time, I've heard it a dozen."

women ballerinas wearing pointe shoes in a black and white photograph

Muriel Foster, a Chicago native, studied dance with Sammy Dyer in the 1940s and began touring as one of the original Dyerettes in 1950. With performances spanning the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, she has performed with many famous artists including Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington. After Sammy Dyer passed away in 1960, Foster joined the administration of the Sammy Dyer School of the Theater and became its director in 1998.

February 18, 2018

"'She would walk into a room and you would know. You would feel her presence."

"We were small, but we were pretty good

at what we did...We were here...

we were a real thing!"

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