A Tap Legend Passes On: Jeni LeGon Dies in Vancouver

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 . . .

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Marjorie Holtzschuher Sellers, Zanesville Dance Teaching Legend, Dies

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.

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PNB Mourns Death of ‘Nutcracker’ Designer Maurice Sendak

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.

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Tulsa Ballet Mourns Death of Famed American Indian ballerina Moscelyne Larkin

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.

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Choreographer, Dancer Zina Bethune Struck and Killed on L.A. Roadway

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

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Influential Pilates Instructor, Dancer/Choreographer Ron Fletcher, Dies

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.

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Influential Bakerfield Dance Studio Owner, Lenore Smith, Dies

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.

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Experimental Choreographer, Filmmaker Donya Feuer Dies

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.

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Annelise Mertz, St. Louis Dance Champion and Educator, Dies at 93

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.

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Lois Smith, Renowned Canadian Ballerina and Teacher, Dies

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.

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