Martha Ullman West
Martha Ullman West is a graduate of Barnard College and is an arts writer specializing in dance. Since 1980, she has been writing about dance in Oregon, and other places, for a number of publications, including Oregon Arts Watch. Her book, Making Ballet American: Todd Bolender and Janet Reed was published by the University Press of Florida in 2021.
Janet Reed (1916-2000)
Janet Reed’s stellar career began in Portland in 1934 when she danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in the first Nutcracker performance in Portland. Beloved by audiences and critics for her comic energy, fine-tuned technique, and dramatic abilities, Reed, whose strawberry blond hair and diminutive stature were part of her …