Rethinking Balancing at the Barre
Robert LaFosse – Former Principal Dancer ABT & NYCB, Faculty Member ABT/JKO School

Rethinking Balancing at the Barre

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Robert LaFosse, former principal dancer with NYCB & ABT, discusses balancing at the barre and the importance of incorporating balancing within barre combinations.

Robert La Fosse was born in Beaumont, Texas, and received his ballet training at the Marsha Woody Academy of Dance.  He continued his studies in New York with David Howard at Harkness House and Stanley Williams at The School of American Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1977, where he danced as a Principal Dancer for nine years.  In 1986, he was invited by Jerome Robbins to joined New York City Ballet as a Principal Dancer. In addition to his work in classical ballet, Mr. La Fosse has also starred in Broadway productions of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ and JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.  In 1992 he was a guest artist with Twyla Tharp and Dancers at City Center.  He also serves as Artistic Director of “Stars of American Ballet,” a small touring group consisting of principals and soloists from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. In 1987 Robert LaFosse wrote his autobiography entitled Nothing to Hide published by Donald I. Fine. In addition to performing, Mr. LaFosse is also a choreographer.  He has choreographed works for the New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Company, School of American Ballet Workshop, Metropolitan Opera, Les Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo. Mr.La Fosse has taught at the New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and summer intensives, The Julliard School, Muhlenberg College, Northwestern University, Jacob's Pillow, Barnard Collage, Purchase College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, and Step’s on Broadway. Currently, Mr. LaFosse is on faculty at the ABT JKO School.


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