Nora Kaye (published 1992)


When asked what she felt were the most important experiences she had before arriving to ballet theater Kaye answers that there was very little because she started at a young age. She expresses her good fortune having Michel Folkine (who is considered the father of modern ballet) as a teacher and at the same time studying at the Metropolitan Opera House with Margaret Curtis. Kaye states that she enjoyed Folkine because it wasn’t so rigid.

Biographical note:

Kaye was born in New York City in 1920 and studied at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. She joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1939, the year it was founded. She was well-known for shaping the contemporary look of dancers, particularly during the 1940s and 1950s with Antony Tudor's dance-dramas. Other than a short tenure with New York City Ballet from 1951 to 1954, Kaye performed with ABT until she retired from dancing in 1961. She passed away in 1987 in her home in Los Angeles.




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