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Carolyn George (September 6, 1927 – February 10, 2009) was an American ballerina, photographer, and dance instructor.

Carolyn George
Born(1927-09-06)September 6, 1927
DiedFebruary 10, 2009(2009-02-10) (aged 81)
NationalityUnited States
EducationSchool of American Ballet and the school of the San Francisco Ballet
Known forBallet
Spouse(s)Jacques d'Amboise (1956-2009; her death; 4 children)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Dallas, Texas, Ms. George was descended from some of the first settlers in Waco, Texas. She studied at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and at the San Francisco Ballet's school. She started her professional dance career in 1952 in Broadway musicals and joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) on its European tour that year in George Balanchine's Swan Lake.

She rose to the rank of soloist, created roles in Todd Bolender's Souvenirs, William Dollar's Five Gifts and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and appeared in the 1954 revival of On Your Toes, which Balanchine had choreographed.

It was at NYCB that she met her husband Jacques d'Amboise, whom she married on New Years Day, 1956. The couple had four children, including dancers Christopher and Charlotte, who is married to Terrence Mann.

Until her death George continued to work as a photographer, having begun at NYCB and SAB; her work appears in her son's autobiography Leap Year: A Year in the Life of a Dancer. She died on February 10, 2009, at her Manhattan home after a battle with primary lateral sclerosis. She was 81.[1]

Photographs for the book, by Jacques d'Amboise and Hope Cooke, titled "Teaching the Magic of Dance", published by Simon & Schuster.

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