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Jacques d’Amboise, Ballet Legend and ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ Star, Dies at 86

Jacques d’Amboise, Ballet Legend and ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ Star, Dies at 86

The dancer also appeared in classic films like “Carousel

Jacques d’Amboise, a famed dancer and choreographer with the New York City Ballet who also appeared in classic musical films such as “Carousel” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” has died. He was 86.

His daughter and dancer Charlotte d’Amboise told The New York Times he died Sunday at his home in Manhattan after a stroke.

At just 15 years old, d’Amboise left school and was recruited by the New York City Ballet, quickly becoming one of the stars of the company and helping to erase stereotypes about male ballet dancers with both his elegance and masculinity on stage.

By 1953, he was named principal dancer and had 24 roles by George Balanchine, including the seminal “Apollo.” He retired from the company just ahead of his 50th birthday in 1984, but he would continue to choreograph routines, including 17 works for the City Ballet and others for the National Dance Institute.

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