Carmen de Lavallade is an iconic dancer, choreographer, and actress.
She became a lead dancer at the Lester Horton Dance Theater in 1949 until her departure for New York City with Alvin Ailey in 1954.
De Lavallade performed on Broadway, danced with Donald McKayle and appeared in Agnes de Mille’s American Ballet Theatre productions. She later joined the Yale School of Drama as a choreographer and performer-in-residence and went on to became a professor and member of the Yale Repertory Theater. Between 1990 and 1993, de Lavallade returned to the Metropolitan Opera as choreographer for Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersinger.
Earlier this week (12/3) she received the Kennedy Centers Honors Award. (Previously she announced she would forgo the related White House reception after statements from the US president regarding Charlottesville).
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