Ailes Gilmour


Ailes Gilmour was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on January 27th, 1912 and is the Dancer. At the age of 81, Ailes Gilmour biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 27, 1912
United States
Place of Birth
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Death Date
Apr 16, 1993 (age 81)
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Ailes Gilmour Life

Ailes Gilmour (1912-April 16, 1993) was a Japanese American dancer who was one of the American Modern Dance movement's younger pioneers.

She was one of Martha Graham's first dance company members.

Isamu Nokomura, a sculptor, was Gilmour's older brother.

Early life

Gilmour was born in 1912 in Yokohama, Japan. Her father was unidentified. Léonie Gilmour, her mother, attended Bryn Mawr College and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, then migrated to New York City in the early 1900s to try to establish herself as a writer. Léonie went to Japan in 1907 for the behest of Yone No. Yone Nohu, the father of Ailes' older brother, Isamu, who was born in 1904. However, by the time Léonie arrived in Tokyo, Yone was still pregnant with a Japanese woman who had already had the first of their nine children. Léonie's circumstances in Japan were never stable. Nonetheless, she stayed there, teaching herself and Isamu, as well as editing Yone's books. Léonie Ailes was born in Ailes and chose the word Ailes for her daughter from Moira O'Neill's pseudonym for Agnes Shakespeare Higginson's poem Beauty's a Flower. It's a strange coincidence that the words in that poem seemed to suggest Ailes' future as a dancer. "Ailes was a girl with two bare feet," O'Neill wrote "Ailes lived in Japan until 1918, when Léonie sent Isamu back to the United States to attend a progressive school in Indiana.

Young Ailes grew up in a Japanese style house built in Chigasaki, a seaside town near Yokohama. Ailes had close Japanese childhood friends, spoke Japanese as well as English, and identified with Japan before returning to the United States in 1920, at age 8. When Ailes and her mother returned to America, they lived in San Francisco first and then moved to New York City. Léonie was a great believer in progressive education and sent Ailes to the Ethical Culture Society elementary school, which was established in 1876 by Felix Adler. When it was called the Workingman's School, Léonie herself attended the precursor to the Ethical Culture Society elementary school. Léonie's daughter, who attended high school in Connecticut, attended the Cherry Lawn School in Connecticut. It was a boarding school that was known for its progressive, coeducational curriculum. Dr. Fred Goldfrank, who was related to one of the Ethical Culture Society's founders, was the school's principal and founder. Ailes loved her time in the city and formed many friendships that she maintained for the remainder of her life.

Gilmour, 1928, was the literary editor of The Cherry Pit, the Cherry Lawn's student newspaper. Since graduating from high school in 1929, she enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse to study dance and performing arts as a scholarship scholar. Martha Graham, a teen Martha Graham, appeared on stage and formed her first professional dance company. In 1929, Gilmour told Marion Horosko that she introduced Graham to her half-brother, Nogher, who was born in 1929. Graham had a bust made of herself in bronze.


Ailes Gilmour Career


During the Depression Era, dancers such as Gilmour and artists like No. No. 2 had trouble finding jobs. Gilmour appeared at the debut of Graham's company in 1932, when Radio City Music Hall opened. Choric Patterns' performance only lasted for one week on stage. Gilmour remarked to Marion Horosko that Radio City Music Hall would only prosper if it became a movie theater with Rockettes.

Gilmour appeared on dancer-choreographer Bill Matons in the 1930s. Matons was the head of the New Dance League's "experimental unit," which evolved from the Workers Dance League in 1931 to 1935. Bill Matons was to become General Hershy Bar, an anti-war street theater performer and publisher. José Limón and Charles Weidman, two of the group's most popular members, were male dancer-choreographers. Ailes and Matons appeared in a Works Progress Administration (WPA) exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1937. They were in Adelante, a WPA-sponsored Broadway production that was 1939-1939. Matons did the choreography for the Lenin Peace pageant at Madison Square Garden in 1937.

Gilmour married anthropologist Herbert J. Spinden in 1948. Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, was their son.

Gilmour died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 16, 1993, at the age of eighty-one.