Merrill Ashley (published 1982)

Biography

Ashley talks about having preference for certain roles. She didn't think she would get the role of Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, but then did and had very little time to prepare. She also talks about her difficulty learning certain steps.

Biographical note:

Merrill Ashley (born Linda Merrill) was born in Minneapolis and joined the School of American Ballet in 1964, and subsequently joined the New York City Ballet in 1967. George Balanchine created the principle role for her in Balade in 1980. She danced in many Balanchine creations throughout her career. She created her own touring group, Merrill Ashley and Dancers in 1981. She has retired from dance and is now a teacher at the NYCB, where she stages many Balanchine productions.

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Relation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWgab_PFBQ

Location

New York

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Citation

“Merrill Ashley (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed November 17, 2017, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/19.