Middle Years


Catherine married wealthy attorney Philip Leidy in 1933.  With Philip’s financial support and the encouragement of conductor Leopold Stokowski, she established the Philadelphia Ballet Company two years later.

jeannesnowShe found her niche creating ballets with uniquely American characters and settings using music and designs by American artists, works that showcased the youthful enthusiasm of her dancers.  Catherine was so well respected as a teacher that George Balanchine recruited a number of her students to form the nucleus of his first American company and two of her students became original members of Ballet Theatre.



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