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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The Man Behind the Music of A Chorus Line, Marvin Hamlisch, Dies

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.

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Richard Cragun, Legendary 20th Century Ballet Dancer, Dies at 67

Richard Cragun, one of the most important dancers of the 20th century, has died at 67, according to Gramilano.com.

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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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Carl Crosby, Beloved South Carolina Dance Teacher, Dies

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.

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Ballet San Jose’s Tiffany Glenn Dies after Lengthy Battle with Cancer

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.

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International Ballet Coach, Teacher, Truman Finney Dies

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.

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Celebration of Life Held for Newark Dance Instructor Betty Gentry

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.

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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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Legendary New York City Ballet Conductor Hugo Fiorato Dies

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.

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Denver’s Beloved ‘Miss B’ Dies at Age 83

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.

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Ursula Melita, Founder of Ballet des Jeunes, Dies at 93

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.

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Graham Dancer, Juilliard Teacher Ethel Winter Dies at Age 87

Ethel Winter, a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Juilliard teacher, died on March 10. She was 87.

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NYCB’s Beloved Character Dancer Shaun O’Brien Dies

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.

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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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Innovative Modern Choreographer Rudi van Dantzig Dies at 78

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.

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Longtime South Memphis Dance Teacher Dr. Gloria Venson Dies

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.

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Miguel Terekhov, Co-Founder of U of Oklahoma School of Dance, Dies

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.

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Beloved Ballroom Teacher ‘Mr. Al’ Dies in Mobile

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.

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Former Joffrey Dancer Mark Goldweber, Director of Ballet West II, Dies

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.

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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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Pioneering U.S. Ballerina Annabelle Lyon Dies at 95

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.

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Rob Remley, Former Cunningham Dancer and Hollywood Ad Man, Dies

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.

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Ruth Currier, Limón Dancer, Company Director, Dies at Age 85

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.

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British Ballet Star Alexander Grant Dies at 86

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.

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Vancouver Dance Impresario David Y.H. Lui Dies

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.

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Dotty McGill, Former DMA National President, Dies

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.

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Shirley J. Larkin, Minnesota studio founder, dies

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.

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Robert Ivey, Broadway Dancer, Ballet Company Founder, Dies

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.

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Quintessential Broadway ‘Gypsy,’ Tony Stevens, Dies at 63

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.

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Roland Petit, Groundbreaking French Choreographer, Dies at 87

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.

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Ed Burgess, Chair of UWM Peck School Dance Department, Dies

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.

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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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Original Balanchine Mouse King, Edward Bigelow, Dies at 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.

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Longtime Dance Educator Jeanne Meixell Dies at 87

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.

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Solo Tapper, Company Director Jerry Ames Dies

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.

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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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