Ledgendary Dancer, Jacques d’Amboise died at 86

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    NY Times obit

    Jacques d’Amboise, Charismatic Star of City Ballet, Is Dead at 86
    He helped popularize ballet with an all-American style, combining the nonchalance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

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    (Suzanne Farrell, Jacques d’Amboise and George Balanchine)

    Rehearsing ‘Move ments for Piano and Orchestra’ with Suzanne Farrell, who was replacing the pregnant Diana Adams, and Balanchine in 1963.

    Photo Essay Jaqcues d’Amboise early days National Dance Institute (See many photos here)

    I think I did my solo before I was seventeen and I was doing principal roles while I was still quarter ballet. And Freddie Ashton came to the U.S. and did a ballet for me, and then I did my first movie. I turned eighteen on the set. I just did what I wanted and had everything given to me. And in a way that was why I started National Dance Institute: I never had to audition for anything; I never had to pay for a dance class.

  • Jacques d’Amboise Legacy (See 3 dance videos, two from films)