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Ingrid Gretia Kahrsted Brainard
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Birth: Nov. 10, 1925, Germany
Death: Feb. 18, 2000
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Pub.: Transitions-Obituary, Dance Magazine, June, 2000

Dr. Ingrid Brainard, 74, distinguished musicologist and dance historian, died in West Newton, Massachusetts, on February 18. Born Ingrid Kahrstedt in 1925 in Gottingen, Germany, she came to the U.S. in 1960. Since 1983, she had taught dance history and music history through the dance division of the Boston Conservatory. Her chief interest was the study and reconstruction of early Renaissance dance performance, but her writings included articles on the history of dancing in the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries, along with the costumes, theater and iconography of the periods. Her articles were published in Die Musikforschung, the Dance Research Journal and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She was an advisor to the International Encyclopedia of Dance, published by Oxford University Press, and contributed twenty-eight articles to the volumes.

As founder and director of the Cambridge Court Dancers, a position she has held since 1969, she delighted in performing as well as setting the dances, designing and sewing the authentic costumes. The troupe's repertory included dances from the court, ballroom and theater, c. 1400 to 1850.

Brainard received her Ph D. degree from the University of Gottingen in Germany. She was also a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Studies, an artist-in-residence at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and guest teacher for many of the Early Music and Dance Institutes. She served on the board of directors of the Congress of Research in Dance, prior to being elected its chair in 1979. She is survived by a
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As reported In the, "Guide to the Ingrid Brainard Papers, 1890-2000", "Ingrid Brainard Papers, (S) *MGZMD. Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts", Ingrid died of a heart attack in her West Newton, Massachusetts home, was the former wife of Paul Henry Brainard, married in 1953 and divorced in 1983.

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  Paul Henry Brainard (1928 - 2004)
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