CDS Boston Centre

Arthur & Helene Cornelius

From our History page:

Helene Cornelius started English dancing in 1951. She had been square dancing with Ralph Page before that, and as part of his evening dances, Ralph Page often taught a few international dances. Liking that international exposure, Helene started dancing other nights, including doing some Scottish. One of the nights at Scottish, Connie Wilkes came and gave a demonstration of Morris dancing, inspiring Helene and a friend to try a Wednesday English dance (then held at the Charles Street Meetinghouse in Boston). At that time Louise Chapin was teaching. There was usually a Morris class taught first, then country dancing was taught, and sometimes sword dancing after that. Usually about 20 people attended; the crowd was small. After attending two Wednesday dances, Helene and her friend were asked to be in a Christmas demonstration, directed by Lily Conant. Eventually Helene started going to the Boston weekend at Pinewoods, which was at that time held the last weekend in June. She liked English country dancing. Helene with her husband Arthur Cornelius for a time parted ways with Louise Chapin, but eventually Louise asked Arthur to come back and teach Morris, which he did. In 1963, Helene was asked to start teaching the regular Wednesday dances. As no one else wanted to do it, Helene agreed and has been teaching ever since. At that time only one and half hours of the evening were devoted to country dancing. However, that changed as dancers wanted more English country and as there was less interest in the CDS Morris classes.

In 2002, Arthur and Helene Cornelius were presented with the CDSS Lifetime Contributor award.
The presentation was made at the Fall Favourites dance in Concord, MA.

Helene Cornelius - links to a CDSS newsletter interview (pdf).

Helene Cornelius - Boston Globe obituary article

Arthur Cornelius - a life in dance - Youtube video by David Cornelius.
Arthur Cornelius - CDSS obituary (pdf).



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