Florence Waren

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Florence Waren (1917-2011) is a South African born dancer, choreographer, actress and university teacher.


Born Sadie Rigal in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 28, 1917, to David Rigal and Gertrude Woolf Rigal.

She never finished high school in South Africa, and left for France in 1938, to become a dancer, later assuming the stage name of Florence Rigal.

In 1949 she married the academic and director Stanley Waren, whom she had met when performing in the Copacabana, New York. (She was thenceforth professionally known as Florence Waren). Besides her own career as performer and academic in the USA, she also choreographed shows Stanley directed in Africa, Taiwan, and China.


"Two French dancers hug on a train platform while on a performance tour in Germany." United States Memorial Holocaust Museum – Photo Archives[1]



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