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Jacques d’Amboise (1934-2021), “I Was a Dancer,” 2011

Jacques d’Amboise & Richard Wolinsky, KPFA, April 6, 2011.

Jacques d’Amboise (1934-2021), whose memoir is titled “I Was a Dancer,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, April 6, 2011.

Jacques d’Amboise, who died on May 2, 2021 at the age of 88 following complications from a stroke, was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet from 1953 to his retirement in 1984. As such, he was considered the living embodiment of the choreography of the great George Balanchine.

In 1976, he founded the National Dance Institute to teach dance to children. In time, he became one of the most famous dancers in America, appearing as one of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and as the male dancer in the second act ballet in Carousel in those respective 1950s films.