Joan Woodbury photograph collection, 1950-1990

Overview of the Collection

Woodbury, Joan J., 1927-; Winn, Norman; Holstein, Milt
Joan Woodbury photograph collection
1950-1990 (inclusive)
415 items, (1 box)
Collection Number
Joan Woodbury (1927-) was a dancer, choreographer, and professor of dance at the University of Utah who co-founded the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 1964. This collection contains portraits of Woodbury and photographs of students, practices, and dance performances dating from 1950 to 1990.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joan Woodbury was born on September 21, 1927 in Cedar City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and became the first Fulbright Scholar in dance when she studied with Mary Wigman in Berlin, Germany in 1945. A retired professor of modern dance at the University of Utah where she taught for 47 years, Woodbury choreographed more than 100 works throughout her career, collaborated in the creation of 16 dance videos, and has been commissioned to choreograph by the Conservatoire National in Portugal, Outlet Dance Company in Australia, Desert Dance in Arizona, the University of Hawaii and Juillard School of Music plus many others. She has taught dance workshops and master classes throughout the United States as well as Portugal, France, Yugoslavia, China, Canada, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Singapore and Italy. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been honored by organizations across the world, including the prestigious French dictionary of dance, Dictionnaire de la Danse.

In 1964, Joan Woodbury founded Salt Lake City's Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company with fellow dancer and University of Utah professor Shirlie Ririe. The company has toured the world. Dedicated to educating children about the dance world, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company offers not only formal and informal performances but also lectures, demonstrations, workshops and classes for all age groups in dance for actors, stage production and theater lighting. Joan Woodbury and Shirlie Ririe handed the artistic direction of the company over to Charlotte Boye-Christensen in 2008.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Joan Woodbury photograph collection consists of 1 box containing 415 black-and-white photographs, contact sheets, negatives, and color photographs and slides. The images depict portraits of Woodbury and images of dancers and students practicing and performing. The collection dates from the 1950s to 1990s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Joan Woodbury photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joan Woodbury in 2008.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Joan Woodbury papers (ACCN 2384) in the Manuscripts Division and the Joan Woodbury dance audiovisual collection in the Audiovisual Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

See also the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company records (ACCN 0709) and the Shirley Ririe papers (ACCN 2320) and photographs (P1479).

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Portraits
1 2 Dancers
1 3 Group Photos
1 4 Dance Practice
1 5 "Tamiris 1962"
1 6 "A Work In Progress," 1976
1 7 Contact Sheets
1 8 Linda Smith, Joan Woodbury, and Shirley Ririe
1 9 Modern Dance Department General, circa 1955 or 1956
1 10 Hoving Workshop Summer Workshop, 1960
1 11 University of Utah, Modern Dance Workshop 1961, Photographer Norman Winn
1 12 University of Utah, Modern Dance Workshop July 1961, Photographer Milt Holstein
1 13 Park City Workshop University of Utah Dance Department circa 1960s (65-10)
1 14 Dancer Movement
1 15 Dance
1 16 Dance Contact Sheets
1 17 Package 3 of 3 from Hirsch Photographer In San Mateo, California, August 1976
1 18 Concert Photos, 1977; Fall Students November 19-20, 1976
1 19 Jensen and Woodbury Duo, Photographer Susan Boskoff
1 20 Redford Party, 1983
1 21 Rainbow Nets and Research Grand, 1979
1 22 Artwork and City
1 23 University of Utah, 1950s
1 24 Contact Sheets, Elizabeth T. Lewis Photographer
1 25 London, 1983
1 26 Joan Woodbury

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Dance companies--Utah--Photographs
  • Modern dance--Utah--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Woodbury, Joan J., 1927---Photographs

Corporate Names

  • Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company--Photographs
  • University of Utah. School of Dance--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Color prints (photographs)