Leslie Browne

(b. 1958)

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(b New York, 29 Jun. 1958)

US dancer. Born into a family of dancers, she studied with M. Craske, with her parents, Isabel Mirrow and Kelly Brown, and at the School of American Ballet (1972–4) before joining New York City Ballet in 1974. In 1976 she moved to American Ballet Theatre as a soloist becoming a principal in 1986. She excelled in dramatic roles, for example Hagar in Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and Kenneth MacMillan chose her for his first-cast Juliet when he staged Romeo and Juliet for ABT. In 1977 she danced and acted the juvenile lead in Herbert Ross's film The Turning Point and following that success appeared in two further Ross films, as Romola Nijinsky in Nijinsky (1980) and Nadine in Dancers (1987). Brown also toured with Baryshnikov and Company in 1985, 1986, and 1987 and after leaving ABT in the early 1990s she appeared in the 1993 Broadway musical version of The Red Shoes. She currently teaches and choreographs for student dancers.

Subjects: Dance.

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