May 4, 1990 |
1956: The Joffrey Ballet is born as six dancers embark on a tour of 23 one-night performances. 1963: The Joffrey dances for the first time at the White House, in the presence of President Kennedy and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. 1964: After a U.S. tour, the company is disbanded in March, after disagreements on policy with the Rebekah Harkness Foundation, which controls most of the dancer's contracts and the recent repertoire.
September 20, 1994 |
The time was 1946. Dancer Joseph Rickard saw an African American child turned away from classes at a Los Angeles dance studio just because she was black. That didn't seem right to him. Rickard, who was white, decided to do something about it. Opening a studio himself in the black community, he trained that child-- and her mother--and sought other black students who wanted to learn classic dance.
March 7, 1990 |
At the unprecedented age of 19, Julio Bocca became a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre in 1986, the youngest principal ABT ever had. How did the Argentine youngster do it? Winning the gold medal at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1985 certainly helped. But it was more the result of Bocca's longtime single-minded dedication to establishing a dance career.
July 10, 1989 |
American ballerina Eva Evdokimova was on the bill to dance Mikhail Fokine's "The Dying Swan" Sunday at a command performance in the Casino de Monte Carlo. Prince Rainier III and Princess Caroline of Monaco were expected to attend the performance, a benefit for the John Gilpin Scholarship Fund of the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace. Evdokimova claims she is the highest-paid dancer in ballet history.
May 3, 1989 |
In directing California Ballet for 21 years, Maxine Mahon has never suffered from an inferiority complex. Besides tackling highly daunting subjects ("Dracula") and scores ("The Miraculous Mandarin"), Mahon has matched her San Diego dancers against medal-winning Soviet virtuosi and even the filmic perfection of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So it's no surprise to find her attempting "Romeo and Juliet," although her company now can muster only eight male dancers--none of them exactly a classical firebrand or danseur noble.
June 7, 1998 |
'Classical ballet has a stable technique more or less familiar to everyone," philosopher Francis Sparshott has written, with enviable certainty. But he also adds, without missing a beat, that even when people don't understand ballet, "they will not feel that they have a right to their ignorance." That is the same sentiment articulated by a less formal philosopher: Carol the receptionist on the old "Bob Newhart Show."