- American modern
dancer and choreographer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he married
American dancer Ruth St. Denis in 1914. Together they ran the
Denishawn School of Dancing and the Denishawn Dance Company until their
marital separation in 1931. In 1933 Shawn founded the first all-male
dance company, with headquarters at Jacob's Pillow, a former farm in
Massachusetts. He established the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 1941.