Janet Reed


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(b Tolo, Oreg., 15 Sept. 1916; d Seattle, 28 Feb. 2000)

US dancer. She studied with W. Christensen, Balanchine, and Tudor and danced with Christensen's ballet company before joining San Francisco Opera Ballet (later San Francisco Ballet) in 1937. She was subsequently appointed principal, and danced Odile in the first American full-length production of Swan Lake (1940). In 1942 she performed with Eugene Loring's Dance Players and between 1943 and 1946 was ballerina with Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre), creating roles in Robbins's Fancy Free (1944) and Interplay (1945). After a brief stint on Broadway she was principal dancer with New York City Ballet from 1949 to 1960 (with periods of semi-retirement). A versatile dance actress, she created roles in Balanchine's Bourrée fantasque (1949) and Western Symphony (1954), Robbins's Pied Piper (1951) and Ballade (1952), and in the 1953 revival of Lew Christensen's Filling Station, among others. She was ballet mistress of NYCB (1959–64) and continued to teach after retirement.

Subjects: Dance.

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