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SAGE Series Welcomes Nina Bozak

Nina Bozak will present a lecture titled, “The Woman Changed Dance in New Orleans—and America!” at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, in the McNeese State University SEED Center as part of the Fall 2018 SAGE Series.

Bozak’s lecture centers on the amazing life of Suzanne Douvillier, the first female choreographer in the United States. Born in France in 1778 as Suzanne Theodore Vaillande, Douvillier became a child prodigy, studying ballet at the Paris Opera and performing at the Comédie Française before moving to the wealthy colony of Saint-Domingue (Haiti). By the time she came to New Orleans in 1799, Suzanne Douvillier was a famous dancer on both sides of the Atlantic. Bozak’s lecture will discuss how Douvillier dodged revolution and danced her way into fame all before the age of 18, and how, once on American shores, she became one of the most significant figures in New Orleans dance.

Bozak is a cataloger at The Historic New Orleans Collection, where she works with dance-related collections, including those of Lelia Haller, Royes Fernandez, and Harvey Hysell, all of whom are important figures in New Orleans dance in the 20th century. Her eight years at The Collection were preceded by four years in the special collections libraries at Tulane University and Dillard University. Bozak is herself a dancer and choreographer, with special interest in popular dance movements of the 20th century.

Lectures are open to the public and cost is $59 for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at