Portrait of Beth Beri
Beth Beri was a dancer who was rumored to have made up to $3,000 a week in her prime. Sometimes she danced alone and sometimes, she partnered with others such as Jay Velle and Paul O'Neill. She appeared in two musical revues (Jack and Jill in 1923) and (Rufus LaMaire's Affairs in 1927). She was in the very successful musical comedy Kids Boots from 1923 to 1925. In this image made in 1920, Beri is posed near a wall. She stands En Pointe on her right foot with her left foot tucked beneath her and her head extended behind her as if she has been dipped by an invisible dance partner. Her right arm is extended at a ninety degree angle to her body. Hixon staged the shot with two out-of-frame sources of light.