(b Teaneck, NJ, 23 Aug. 1942)
US dancer. She studied with Ruth Vernon and at the School of American Ballet, joining New York City Ballet in 1959, and promoted to principal in 1961. A glamorous dancer with a range embracing both romantic lyricism and vivacious display, she was one of Balanchine's favourite ballerinas and remained with NYCB for 30 years. Balanchine staged Coppélia for her in 1974 and also created roles for her in many other ballets: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962), Tarantella (1964), Harlequinade (1965), Don Quixote (1965), Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1966), Rubies (1967), Who Cares? (1970), Divertimento from Le Baiser de la fée (1972), Concerto No. 2 (1973), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1975), Pavane (1975), Union Jack (1976), Vienna Waltzes (1977), and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1979). For Jerome Robbins, McBride created roles in Dances at a Gathering (1969), In the Night (1970), The Goldberg Variations (1971), The Dybbuk Variations (1974), The Four Seasons, and Opus 19 (both 1979). She formed a particularly successful partnership with Edward Villella during the 1960s. In 1989 she retired from the stage and in 1996 became associate director of the N. Carolina Dance Theater, with her husband, the former dancer, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux as artistic director. She teaches for NCDT, and has staged several Balanchine works there.
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