Arnold Spohr


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(b Rhein, Sask., 26 Dec. 1927; d Winnipeg, 12 Apr. 2010)

Canadian dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in London, New York, Hollywood, and Leningrad with various teachers including Pushkin and Volkova. He joined Winnipeg Ballet in 1945, becoming principal (1947–54). He then worked with Canadian television and partnered Markova in the London production of Where the Rainbow Ends (1956–7). In 1958 he was appointed director of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and successfully established the company's international reputation until retiring in 1988. He retained an advisory position as the company's artistic director emeritus and was additionally co-director of the Toronto-based company Ballet Jorgen. He also choreographed several ballets and performed as a professional pianist.

Subjects: Dance.

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