Born: January 14, 1923, Staten Island, New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 29, 2008, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Education: School of American Ballet
Current group: Joffrey Ballet
Organization founded: Joffrey Ballet
Robert Joffrey (born Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan) was an American dancer, teacher, producer, choreographer, and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet with Gerald Arpino in 1956. He is known for his highly imaginative modern ballets. The company grew from a small touring group to become one of the most prominent dance troupes in US. Gerald Arpino studied ballet with Mary Ann Wells, while stationed with the Coast Guard in Seattle, Washington. Arpino first met Robert Joffrey at Wells' school. After the death of Robert Joffrey in 1988, Arpino became the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. Joffrey was inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 2000. Malcolm McDowell plays a character loosely based on Arpino in the Robert Altman film The Company.
Together from (before) 1956 to 1988: 32 years.
Gerald Arpino (January 14, 1923 - October 29, 2008)
Robert Joffrey (December 24, 1930 – March 25, 1988)
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