Jeni LeGon, a tap dancing legend who performed with Bill Robinson and Fats Waller, died Friday at age 96 in Vancouver, Canada, according to the Vancouver Sun. The American Tap Dance Foundation says LeGon was one of the first African American women to develop a career as a tap soloist—and . . .
Marvin Hamlisch, who died Monday in Los Angeles at 68, was one of the most honored composers in the theater world, and one of the hardest working, reported the LA Times.
Richard Cragun, one of the most important dancers of the 20th century, has died at 67, according to Gramilano.com.
Marjorie Holzschuher Sellers, who operated the Marjorie Holzschuher Sellers Dance Studio on Seventh Street in Zanesville, Ohio, for 79 years, died Tuesday at the Helen Purcell Home, according to the Zanesville Times Recorder. She was 95.
Carl Crosby, who brought the art of dance into the lives of thousands of Aiken, South Carolina, residents, died Tuesday at age 88 after a long illness, according to the Aiken Standard.
Ballet San Jose dancer Tiffany Glenn died June 18 at the age of 33 after a six-year battle with cancer, according to SanJose.com.
Francia Russell, founding director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, has noted the death of former New York City Ballet dancer and master teacher Truman Finney with a short statement.
Fremont resident and longtime Newark [CA] dance instructor Betty Gentry died May 6, family members confirmed this week to the Newark Patch. She was 87.
Peter Boal, Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director, released a statement this week following the death of Where the Wild Things Are author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, who, in 1983, designed fanciful, wildly colorful sets and costumes for PNB’s Nutcracker.
It is with great sadness that Tulsa Ballet announced the death of its co-founder, Edna Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski, one of Oklahoma’s five Native American ballerinas and a teacher who instilled in her students a love of the art form and a passion for excellence. She died April 25 at age 87.
Hugo Fiorato, a former child prodigy who became the conductor of the New York City Ballet and one of its most enduring influences, died April 23 in Boston, reported The New York Times. He was 98.
Gwen “Miss B” Bowen, who spent more than five decades teaching thousands of people in Denver to dance, died last month at age 83, reported the Denver Post.
Ursula Melita Hirschfeld Heisman, 93, whose Ballet des Jeunes performed for Princess Grace on a trip to Monaco in 1968, died April 1 of thyroid disease at her home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ethel Winter, a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Juilliard teacher, died on March 10. She was 87.
Shaun O’Brien, a celebrated former character dancer with New York City Ballet, died Thursday in Saratoga Springs, New York, The New York Times reported. He was 86.
Zina Bethune, 66, a former Nutcracker Clara for New York City Ballet and the founder of a Los Angeles dance and theatrical company, was struck by two vehicles and killed shortly after midnight Sunday after she apparently stopped to help an injured animal along Forest Lawn Drive in L.A., The Los Angeles Times
Choreographer and dancer Rudi van Dantzig died at his home in Amsterdam on Thursday at the age of 78. He had been suffering from cancer for some time, according to Dutch News.nl.
Many young African Americans received their first taste of the fine art of dance from Dr. Gloria “Dip” Mathis Venson at Deeta’s Lively Arts Dance Studio in South Memphis, Tennessee.
Miguel Terekhov, a dancer with the two leading Ballets Russes troupes of the 1940s and ’50s and a co-founder, with his wife, of the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma, died January 3.
Elvin “Mr. Al” Arnold—the man who said he taught more than 10,000 people in Mobile, Alabama to dance—died December 24 in an area hospital. According to AL.com, he was 88.
Mark Goldweber, ballet master for Ballet West and director of Ballet West II, died December 9 of cancer, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He was 53.
Ron Fletcher, a former dancer and choreographer who helped popularize the Pilates exercise system when he opened the first West Coast studio in 1972, died last week at his home in Stonewall, Texas, reported the Los Angeles Times. He was 90.
Lenore Smith, 87, recently retired owner of the Lenore Smith Dance Arts Centre in Bakerfield, California, and an influential figure in the local performing arts community, died on Thanksgiving Day in Phoenix, Arizona, reported The Bakerfield Californian.
Donya Feuer, an American modern-dance choreographer who moved to Sweden in 1963 and became a close collaborator of Ingmar Bergman as well as a theater director and filmmaker in her own right, died on November 6 in Stockholm, according to The New York Times. She was 77.
Annabelle Lyon, an American ballerina who danced with some of the most important companies in the formative years of American ballet, died on November 4 at her home in Mansfield, Massachusetts, according to The New York Times. She was 95.
Rob Remley, a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company who found a second career as a Hollywood marketing executive, died of cancer September 27 in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Ruth Currier, principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, company director, and modern dance teacher, died at her home in Brooklyn on October 4 at the age of 85, according to the company website.
Alexander Grant, a beloved star of British ballet and a former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, died September 30 in London, according to The New York Times. He was 86.
Vancouver’s arts community learned last week of the death of impresario and producer David Y.H. Lui, a prominent member of the artistic community in Canada for more than 40 years and a co-founder of the Ballet of British Columbia.
Dotty Stewart McGill, national president of Dance Masters of America from 1974 to 1976, died August 10 in Grove City, Pennsylvania, after a sudden illness, according to The Sharon Herald. She was 90.
Shirley J. Larkin, owner and founder of Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota, died Wednesday morning, August 10, surrounded by her family, according to the studio.
Robert Ivey, a distinguished dancer, choreographer, and artistic director who died July 15, will be remembered for the many lives he touched in the Charleston arts community, reported The Post and Courier this weekend.
Dancer, choreographer, and director Tony Stevens, who worked with Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett and epitomized the life of a Broadway “gypsy,” has died, according to Playbill.com. He was 63. The cause was Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Roland Petit, a leading French choreographer who swept away ballet taboos and whose mix of entertainment and art also made his work popular in Hollywood, died Sunday in Geneva.
Ed Burgess, 58, chair and professor of the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, died last week, the university has announced.
Annelise Mertz, professor emerita in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences (PAD) at Washington University in St. Louis, died April 28, at her home in Clayton, Missouri, of pancreatic cancer, according to the university. She was 93.
Edward Bigelow, a longtime dancer and administrator at New York City Ballet, died Monday in a car accident in Sharon, Connecticut, The New York Times reported Friday. He was 93 and lived in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
Jeanne A. Meixell, 87, of Allentown, founder and former owner of Miss Jeanne’s School of Dance Arts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died on March 31, reported The Morning Call.
Jerry Ames, a tap dancer and choreographer known for his airy, balletic style and eclectic approach, died February 7 in Woodbury, New York, reported The New York Times. He was 80 and had lived in Manhattan for many years.
Lois Smith, 81, the first principal ballerina at the National Ballet of Canada and a significant force in dance training in Canada, died January 22 at her home in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada, after a long illness, according to a story on CBC News.