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"Once you got to the point where you could please both of them, then you knew you made it."

- Anthony Vaver

Stone's and Camryn's Teaching Duality

Judith Svalander began her dance training with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. She danced with Ruth Page’s Lyric Opera Ballet before joining the Swedish National Touring Theatre and the Swedish Ballet of Gothenburg, as well as filming a dance program at the Royal Theatre in Belgium. She returned to the United States in 1972 and opened the Judith Svalander School of Ballet in 1979 in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where she is still the director.

Anthony Vaver is a former student of the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet. Now a published true crime author, he received his PhD from the State University of New York and is a history librarian at Westborough Public Library in Massachusetts.

Jeanne Vaver studied dance at the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet as a young adult and later enrolled her three children in the school as well.

April 07, 2017: Newberry Library


"How American that is as a concept. It's that melting pot that he's going out and grabbing these European traditions and then making it an American dance,

an American approach."

Choreographic processes

"Mr. Stone died on my birthday when

I was 18...that was like losing a parent."

The passing of Mr. Stone

"It just wasn't about dance, it just wasn't about the movement, it was also about how you can intellectually

break it down."

What they learned

"In Norway we danced for King Olaf and

it's like, 'oh the king is coming we have to do more bows' "

-Judith Svalander

Judith Svalander in Europe

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