Daniel Nagrin (1917 - 2008)
October 7, 2008
We celebrate the life of
a uniquely gifted and innovative performer, choreographer and
teacher in the realm of modern-dance who passed away in
Tempe, AZ on December 29, 2008.
Plato Andros (1921 - 2008)
October 7, 2008
We celebrate the life of Plato Andros
(Dick Andros' brother),
who passed away in Norman, OK on September 22, 2008.
Andros is best remembered for his award-winning days
in college and professional football.
Irina Baronova (1919 - 2008)
July 4, 2008
We celebrate the life of Irina Baronova,
who passed passed away at her home in Australia
on June 28, 2008. Baronova was the last surviving
member of the Ballet Russes' "Baby Ballerinas"
Tamara Toumanova and
who became stars performing works by a young George Balanchine.
Coppélia and the Demise of the Paris Opera Ballet
May 14, 2008
Every ballet goer has seen Coppélia or at least
heard about it. It's a fun ballet that encompasses
many forms of dance: character, and classical ballet.
It is a clever comment on the evils of infatuation.
What is not known about Coppélia is; it was one of
the last attempts to save ballet in Paris from oblivion.
Marie-Jeanne (1920 - 2008)
January 6, 2008
We celebrate the life of Marie-Jeanne who
passed away on January 3, 2008 in Austin, TX.
The NYC native studied at the School of American Ballet
and performed with a number of companies including
the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the predecessor
companies to the New York City Ballet. She is probably
best remembered for her work with
Michael Kidd (1919 - 2007)
December 24, 2007
We celebrate the life of dancer and choreographer Michael Kidd,
who passed away on December 23, 2007 at his home in Los Angeles.
The Brooklyn native began his career with American Ballet and
Ballet Caravan (predecessors of the New York City Ballet) before
joining Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Kidd later choreographed on
Broadway and in Hollywood, ultimately earning five Tony awards
in almost a half century of work.
A League of His Own
November 19, 2007
In mid-20th-century Oklahoma, the Andros name was well-known for
two brothers who achieved fame in the athletic arena. But many folks
did not realize there was a third brother, our own Mr. Andros.
The Oklahoma Journal Record featured a nice article by Max Nichols,
Youngest Andros Brother Finds League of His Own.
Igor Moiseyev (1906 - 2007)
November 5, 2007
We celebrate the life of Igor Moiseyev, the famed
Russian choreographer who passed away November 3, 2007.
Moiseyev distilled folk styles from many different countries
into a unique form of theatrical dance that was wildly popular
in the mid-20th century. The Moiseyev Dance Company’s NYC debut
in 1958 at the Metropolitan Opera House was presented by impressario
Sol Hurok and, as the first
U.S. visit by a major Soviet dance troupe, began a new era of cultural
Glen Tetley (1926 - 2007)
March 27, 2007
We celebrate the life of Glen Tetley, who passed away on January 10, 2007.
Tetley worked both in the worlds of ballet and modern dance, at one
time he was a performer both with American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham
Company. Tetley also worked extensively with Hanya Holm and his later
work as a choreographer was a pioneering (and controversial) fusion of
modern dance and ballet.
Ruthanna Boris (1918 - 2007)
February 7, 2007
We celebrate the life of Ruthanna Boris, who passed away on January 5, 2007.
Boris performed with the Ballet Russes, American Ballet, Ballet Caravan
and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Boris later went on to work as a
choreographer, administrator and educator.
January 15, 2007
Words often have powerful, subconscious meanings that we often fail
to consider when these words become a part of our daily vocabulary.
In the arts, casually-used words and phrases often reveal subtle deceptions
upon deeper reflection. What's in a name?