Andreas Pavley (1892-1931) studied Dalcroze eurythmics in Geneva before arriving in Chicago, where he met Serge Ourkrainsky. Together they founded the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet Company and School, a semi-detached arm of the Chicago Civic Opera. Acclaimed by contemporary critics as “the two most wonderful male dancers since Nijinsky”, they toured America and Canada during the 1920’s, but always with their base in Chicago. Helen Grenelle, Anna Louise Gumm, Ruth Page, Anna Ludmilla and Ruth Pryor were all among the principal women, as was Edna McCrae, who went on to become Chicago’s most influential dance teacher. Productions included Aztec Sacrifice, Danse Macabre, La Giaconda and Grecian Dance. The economic crash of 1929 brought an end to the first era of opera and ballet in Chicago. Afraid that growing old would ruin his career and that he would no longer enjoy life once past his prime, Pavley committed suicide in 1931. Further reading: Danse Macabre; The Life and Death of Andreas Pavley by Arthur Corey (1977). Photographed by Moffett of Chicago in 1920.