Margret Dietz was born in 1913, the same year that the College of St. Benedict was founded. Educated in dance, art, history, philosophy and music, she survived the Nazis and eventually came to the U.S., where she taught dance at several colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. In the early 1970s she was a choreographer and a popular teacher of summer dance workshops at St. Ben’s, where she was instrumental in the establishment of the Choreogram dance troupe. While at St. Ben’s in 1972, Margret died suddenly from a heart attack; her devoted students were devastated. With the permission of the sisters, she was buried in the Monastery cemetery. Forty years later, three of her former students published a book, Margret Dietz: A Dancer’s Legacy, and donated all of the Dietz research materials, documents, correspondence, and personal effects in their possession, including some costumes designed, sewn, and worn by Margret, to create the Margret Dietz Collection in the CSB Archives.
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