A Tribute to Carmen de Lavallade
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Carmen de Lavallade made her professional debut at age seventeen with the Lester Horton Dance Theater. Over the course of her sixty-year career, she was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and guest artist with American Ballet Theatre. Numerous ballets have been created for her by major choreographers and she has choreographed for companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera. She has also had an extensive acting career performing in both film and theater. Lauded by numerous institutions, Carmen has received the Dance Magazine Award and a Kennedy Center Honor, among others.
A Tribute to Frederick Ashton
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) studied with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert and was greatly influenced by choreographer Bronislava Nijinska in Paris. In England he choreographed and danced for the Rambert Company and pursued a successful career as a dancer in musicals and revues. He became resident choreographer for Ninette de Valois’ Vic-Wells Ballet (now The Royal Ballet) and eventually its longtime Director. He created nearly one hundred ballets in all and worked in opera for over fifty years. He was knighted by The Queen and invited to become a member of the Order of Merit. Among his many honors are France’s Legion d’Honneur.