On Columbus Day, dance lovers in New York City can remember the life and work of the late ballet legend Frederic Franklin, who passed away in May at 98. Franklin, whose career spans the 20th Century, was a longtime premier danseur and ballet master for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He also worked with many U.S. companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet, all of which will be represented—by performers or speakers—at next week’s memorial celebration.
Organized by ABT, the free, public event will take place at 4:30 pm on Monday, October 14, in the Concert Hall at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (100 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY). For more, visit abt.org.
Photos from left: by Maurice Seymour, courtesy ABT; by Eduardo Patino
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
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