US ballet company. It dates back to a school opened by Lisa Gardiner in Washington in 1922 which incorporated a small company called Washington Ballet. A second school was founded in 1944 by Gardiner and Mary Day, which in 1946 started to run its own performing ensemble and became known as Washington Ballet in 1956. Frederic Franklin was co-artistic director with Day until 1961, when the company ceased operation. Day re-established it in 1974 and in 1976 appointed Choo-San Goh as resident choreographer. After his death in 1987 Goh's works continued to dominate the repertoire, alongside ballets by Balanchine and others. In 1992 Elvi Moore joined Day as co-director, and both were succeeded in 1999 by Septime Webre. Under his direction the company has acquired a number of contemporary ballets, by Morris, Wheeldon, Tharp, Duato, and others, as well as populist works by himself, including Rocketman (mus. Elton John 2009).
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