American Ballet Theatre to Host Frederic Franklin Memorial Celebration

Left: Frederic Franklin as the Champion Roper in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo. Right:
2007 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Frederic Franklin on the cover of Dance Teacher

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

Photos from left: by Maurice Seymour, courtesy ABT; by Eduardo Patino

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