The Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1915 by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. The school was very influential to ballet and American modern dance, and produced several noted dance artists, including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman.
St. Denis and Shawn met and went on tour together. They later became romantically involved and married, continued touring and developing their artistic vision. In their own words: "The art of dance is too big to be encompassed by any one system. On the contrary, the dance includes all systems or schools of dance. Every way that any human being of any race or nationality, at any period of human history, has moved rhythmically to express himself, belongs to the dance. We endeavor to recognize and use all contributions of the past to the dance and will continue to use all new contributions in the future"