- Mel Trifona Christoudia
Loring, Eugene (02 August 1911–30 August 1982), choreographer, dancer, and teacher, was born Leroy Kerpestein in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Gilbert Kerpestein, a boxing trainer, and Anna Raddatz. Loring’s early ambitions were focused upon becoming an actor. After graduating from high school in 1929, he joined an amateur theater group known as the Wisconsin Players. Here he met Boris S. Glagolin, a Russian theater director who followed Stanislavsky’s principles. Because Loring’s shortness in height restricted the roles in which he was cast, Glagolin encouraged the aspiring performer to turn instead to dance, and in 1934 he choreographed ...