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Nevada Ballet Theatre Welcomes New Advisor and Coach, Cynthia Gregory


Cynthia Gregory, one of the 20th century’s greatest ballerinas, has been named artistic advisor to Nevada Ballet Theatre and its affiliated academy, and will coach aspiring dancers and established professionals from the new Cynthia Gregory Center for Coaching.

Cynthia Gregory in Raymonda. (Photo by Martha Swope)

“We are honored to welcome Cynthia into the Nevada Ballet Theatre family,” says Beth Barbre, Nevada Ballet Theatre executive director and CEO. “Her perspective on artistic matters will be invaluable as we develop and grow. And she will no doubt draw many of the world’s great dancers to our facility as they seek to perfect their skills under her guidance.”

The Cynthia Gregory Center for Coaching will provide Ms. Gregory a place of residence for her active coaching regimen at the ballet’s Las Vegas studios. Ms. Gregory, who was once referred to by Rudolph Nureyev as “America’s Prima Ballerina Assoluta,” has been a Las Vegas resident since 2009.

“I hope to inspire the young students in the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and enhance the already great work the company is doing under the direction of James Canfield,” Gregory says. “It will be wonderful to have a beautiful facility that I can call home, where I can continue to coach dancers, stage ballets, and teach master classes.”

Best known for her time with American Ballet Theatre from 1965 until 1991, Gregory danced in more than 80 works by the world’s most notable choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, and Jose Limón among others.

Miss Gregory is the recipient of many awards, including the 1975 Dance Magazine Award, the 1978 Harkness Ballet Foundation Award, and two annual awards from the Dance Educators of America. She was made a Lion of the New York Public Library and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at both Hofstra University and Purchase College. She has authored two books, Ballet Is the Best Exercise and Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake.

After retiring from ABT in 1991, she became chairman of the board of Career Transition for Dancers, a not-for-profit organization which provides valuable services free of charge to dancers considering new careers. She continues to stage ballets and coach dancers throughout the United States and internationally.

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