Jacques d' Amboise
(b Dedham, Mass., 28 July 1934)
US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He studied at the School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet in 1950, becoming principal (1953–84). He was initially a very American dancer, with an easy, natural charm, but developed into a superb classicist. Apollo was one of his finest roles, although he also created leading roles in many other Balanchine ballets, including Western Symphony (1954), Ivesiana (1954), Episodes (1959), Raymonda Variations (1961), Movements for Piano and Orchestra (1963), Who Cares? (1970), and Davidsbündlertänze (1980). He has also appeared in several films, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Carousel (1956), also the 1962 television production of Stravinsky and Balanchine's Noah and the Flood. He has choreographed several ballets for NYCB including The Chase (mus. Mozart, 1963), Tchaikovsky Suite (mus. Tchaikovsky, 1969), and Celebrations (mus. Mendelssohn, 1982). From 1970 he taught at the School of American Ballet, and in 1976 he became founder-director of the National Dance Institute, a community dance project based in New York. He is father of the choreographer Christopher d'Amboise.