Renata M. Kuh, 80, a teacher of modern dance here and in Rockville for nearly 30 years who also directed her own company of modern dancers, died Feb. 8 at George Washington University Hospital following surgery for an aneurysm.
Mrs. Kuh began dancing in light opera in her native Vienna, Austria, at the age of 16. After working as a cabaret dancer in Vienna, she studied in Berlin with Mary Wigman, the German pioneer of modern dance, and later taught dancing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where she had lived for 18 years. During World War II, she danced for the troops there.
In 1951, she and her husband, Frederick Kuh, then the London correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times, moved to Washington. Mr Kuh died in 1978.
Mrs. Kuh soon opened the first of her local studios, the Repertory Dance Theater in Georgetown. Her second studio, the Workshop of Modern Dance, is located in Rockville.
During the last 29 years, Mrs. Kuh performed locally with her students, called the Renata Kuh Dancers. Her most recent performance, in April, for the Washington Project for the Arts, took place only one month after her operation for the implantation of a heart pacemaker.
Mrs. Kuh had performed and studied with a number of prominent dancers and choreographers through the years, including Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and local pioneers of the modern dance movement, Evelyn de la Tour, Erika Thimey, Pola Nirenska and Edith Butler.
Survivors include two daughters, Renata D., of Washington, and Dianne Jozsa of Short Hills, N.J., and two grandchildren.