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July 28

Jacques d’Amboise

The young d’Amboise’s talent inspired George Balanchine to choreograph specific ballets for him, including Raymonda Variations and Episodes.

Photo by Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

1934: Dancing for Joy
Jacques d’Amboise is born in Dedham, Massachusetts
Few have done more to teach children about the joy of dance than this 1995 Kennedy Center Honoree.

D’Amboise was only 16 when he joined George Balanchine’s company, often partnered with Suzanne Farrell. As one of the earliest dancers and interpreters of Balanchine’s style, d’Amboise brought a powerful American energy to ballet.

When he was still a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, Jacques d’Amboise founded the National Dance Institute, a program that teaches thousands of youngsters to dance and express themselves through ballet, jazz, and other forms of dance.
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