Throwback Thursday: Jacques d'Amboise

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Today’s look at spectacular past performances in the dance world brings us a superhuman, flying, floating Jacques d’Amboise.

You’re now familiar with Mr. d’Amboise as the founding director of the National Dance Institute, which he established in 1976. He was a rough and tumble street kid from Washington Heights before he joined New York City Ballet, where he danced for nearly 35 years. Just one year after beginning ballet classes, he continued his studies at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine. Three years later, at the age of 15, he joined NYCB.

Jacques d'Amboise flying
If you don’t yet have your fill and you have a half hour to spare, here’s Mr. d’Amboise dancing his most revered role in George Balanchine’s Apollo.

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