MURIEL FOSTER

"Sadie Bruce, she was the first to have her students perform at the Civic Opera House."

"We were really the only act of its kind thanks to Sammy."

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: Muriel Foster recalls her early dance training on the South Side of Chicago and her many years touring as one of the original Dyerettes. She talks about the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, which she now directs, and discusses its legacy of almost 90 years. Cristin Carole, niece of Shirley Hall Bass, joins at the end.

"We decided what we wanted to do for the group and we knew each other's strong suits."

"I can't cheat and when I have to look like a little old lady who can't do anything then I don't want to dance."

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