Robert La Fosse

(b. 1960)

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(b Beaumont, Tex., 1960)

US dancer and choreographer. He studied at the Marsha Woody Academy and at Harkness House, joining American Ballet Theatre in 1977, and becoming principal in 1983. In 1985 he danced Romeo in MacMillan's staging of Romeo and Juliet for ABT, and in 1986 moved to New York City Ballet, creating roles in Robbins's Quiet Lady and West Side Story Suite, Tharp's Octet and Septet, and Martins's A Fool for You and Tea Rose, among others. He also appeared for three months in the musical Jerome Robbins' Broadway. He guested with Twyla Tharp during 1992 and directed the touring company, Stars of American Ballet, through many seasons. He choreographed his first ballet, a pas de deux Rappacini's Daughter, for Baryshnikov's temporary company in 1985 and developed a parallel career as a choreographer. In 1988 he created Woodland Sketches for the American Music Festival and following that several works for NYCB including Danses de cour (mus. R. Strauss, 1994), Concerto in Five Movements (mus. Prokofiev, 1997), and a section of the Ellington ballet Duke! (1999). He has also choreographed for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, including Stars & Stripes Forever (1996) and in 1997 created a Nutcracker for the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware. He has additionally choreographed for opera. In 2002 he retired from NYCB but continued to make work for the company, including Land of Nod (mus. Richard Rodgers, 2003), as well as to teach and choreograph freelance. He published his autobiography Nothing to Hide in 1987 and has made numerous appearances on television.

Subjects: Dance.

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