Kyra Nichols

(b. 1958)

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(b Berkeley, Calif., 2 Jul. 1958)

US dancer. She studied with her mother, Sally Streets, who had danced with New York City Ballet during the 1950s, then with Alan Howard, and at the School of American Ballet (from 1972). She joined New York City Ballet in 1974, becoming a principal in 1979. She spent her entire career with New York City Ballet, where she was admired as one of the most classical of the company's ballerinas. Although she danced a wide range of Balanchine roles, the choreographer created nothing for her, although he did revise his Firebird for her in 1980. She created roles in many Robbins ballets, including The Four Seasons (1979), Rondo (1980), Piano Pieces (1981), I'm Old Fashioned (1983), Antique Epigraphs (1984), and Eight Lines (1985). She also created roles in Brahms/Handel (choreographed in 1984 by Robbins and Tharp), in several works by Martins, including Suite from Histoire du soldat (1981), A Schubertiad (1984), Poulenc Sonata (1985), Tanzspiel (1988), Beethoven Romance (1989), and A Musical Offering (1991), and in Forsythe's Herman Schmerman (1992). She retired from the stage in 2007.

Subjects: Dance.

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