Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck (1908-2006)

Photo by Arnold Genthe, 1930

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck was born in Kiev, Russia in 1908, and moved to Philadelphia as a child. For her debut in 1925, she danced two pieces choreographed by Duncan with music by Gluck. The Philadelphia orchestra accompanied her with Stakowski conducting. Nadia studied with Riva Hoffman, Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan. From 1930-1931, she danced in the Irma Duncan Company. For a detailed biography, including her long history with the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, see the link to the University Archives page below.

Both photos are courtesy of the Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck Archive, The University of the Arts University Libraries and Archives, Philadelphia PA. Copyright The University of the Arts. The photo below is Nadia in costume for 'Mazurka' and was published in Isadora Duncan: The Dances.

Photo by Arnold Genthe, 1931


Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovsky. Isadora Duncan: The Dances. Washington DC: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1994.


University Archives, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia

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