Sallie Wilson


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(b Fort Worth, Tex., 18 Apr. 1932; d New York, 27 Apr. 2008)

US dancer. She studied with Craske, Tudor, and others and in 1949 joined Ballet Theatre. After a period with Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1950–5) she returned to American Ballet Theatre, becoming soloist in 1957 and ballerina in 1961. She stayed with the company until 1980 except for a period with New York City Ballet (1958–60), and was considered one of their greatest dance actresses, performing in many Tudor works. She created the role of Queen Elizabeth in Graham's section of Episodes (1959) as well as roles in Robbins's Les Noces (1965), among others. After retiring from the stage she worked as guest teacher and producer, reviving Tudor ballets for companies all round the world and also choreographing several works of her own, including The Idol (Fort Worth Ballet, 1983).

Subjects: Dance.

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