Biography of Gus Zimmerman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GUS ZIMMERMAN, a veteran of the Spanish American war, has been a resident of Cleveland for over twenty years, and is proprietor of the well known Zimmerman Dancing Academy.

He was born at Pottsville, Pennsylvania, son of Benjamin and Susanna Zimmerman. His parents were also born in Pennsylvania, of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, and spent all their lives in that state.

Gus Zimmerman was educated in public schools and as a boy displayed natural talent for dancing. He perfected himself in the art of dancing by study and persevering application with the most prominent ballet masters in America and Europe. Coming to Ohio, he was living at Canton, Ohio, when the war with Spain broke out, and he entered the United States service as a member of Company L of the Eighth Ohio Infantry. He saw service in Cuba and was at Santiago when the war ended. He then returned to the United States, being held a time on Long Island, and received his honorable discharge at Wooster, Ohio, in 1899.

Mr. Zimmerman, in 1901, came to Cleveland, and for some years clerked in different commercial establishments, in the meantime continuing his study in the art of dancing, and in 1913 organized the Arcadia Dancing Academy Company. He has since been president and manager of this well known institution, located at 10300 Euclid Avenue. This academy has a capacity of 2,500 people and a score of employes are required to operate it. Of the Zimmerman School of Classic Dancing Mr. Zimmerman is principal and Mrs. Zimmerman, assistant principal. Mr. Zimmerman is known as one of America's foremost ballet masters, having served on the Normal School Board of the American National Association Masters of Dancing for five years, which brought him in contact with dancing teachers from all parts of the United States and his friends are the leading dancing teachers of the country.

All branches of The art of dancing are taught by Mr. Zimmerman in his school, including ballet, Grecian, oriental, character, ballroom and step dancing.

The number of students enrolled in the school are from 200 to 300 children and young ladies.

Mr. Zimmerman married, September 29, 1907, Miss Lelia Virginia May, who was born in Marietta Ohio. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the United Spanish War Veterans, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and is president of the Cleveland Dancing Teachers' Association. He is a member of the English Lutheran Church.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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