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Date of Birth 28 July 1934Dedham, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameJoseph Jacques Ahearn

Mini Bio (1)

Jacques D'Amboise was trained in the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1950. He soon went on to become a principal dancer. For over 3 decades, he danced with NYCB. During that time, he also choreographed several ballets. In 1976, D'Amboise founded the National Dance Institute in New York City, teaching children how to dance. NDI has since expanded into other cities and internationally. D'Amboise's efforts with NDI were filmed in documentary form in 1982 -- winning the Academy Award. D'Amboise has four children -- his daughter, Charlotte d'Amboise, has appeared in films, and his son, Christopher d'Amboise, is an accomplished dancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

Spouse (1)

Carolyn d'Amboise (1 January 1956 - 10 February 2009) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (11)

His wife, Carolyn d'Amboise, was a ballerina.
A gifted dancer, Jacques D'Amboise has been recognised as one of the most outstanding American dancers of his time.
Began ballet lessons at 7 years of age. At 15 years of age he became a member of the New York City Ballet, and, at 17 years of age he became a principal dancer.
Has received many honors for his contribution to the arts education of young people. Among them are: the 1990 MacArthur Fellowship, the Capezio Award, the Producer's Circle Award for public service, the Governor's Award for outstanding contributions to art and culture, and the distinguished Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in the Field of the Humanities.
His first choreographed ballets for the New York City Ballet in 1963.
He danced in many stage shows on Broadway in New York.
Jacques d'Amboise is the father of four children - two sons,George and Christopher and twin daughters, Charlotte and Catherine - all of whom learned ballet as young children.
Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Boston College in 1986.
Father-in-law of Terrence Mann.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.

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