( b. Aug 22, 1937 Lille, FRANCE - d. Dec 22, 2014 ) Female
Broadway dancer Nicole Barth appeared in several Gower Champion musicals including the original company of Hello, Dolly!. She was born in Lille, France and escaped Nazi occupied Europe with her mother to Morocco and then to the United States. Nicole's career included television ("The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour," The "Ed Sullivan Show") seven Broadway shows and movies ("Mame," "Enchanted").
In New York she trained with dance teachers Jack Stanley and Jack Pottinger where she studied tap and classical ballet. In her early career, Nicole and Ronnie Lee were weekly dance partners on "The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour" (later known as "The Children's Hour") on NBC Sunday mornings. Nicole attended the High School of Performing Arts and was part of their first graduating class. She was chosen to receive the award as outstanding ballet dancer in her class, but her mother accepted the award for her, as she had already left to perform in summer stock.
She returned to New York, started auditioning and eventually landed her first Broadway show, Take Me Along, in 1959, produced by David Merrick and starring Walter Pidgeon and Jackie Gleason. In addition to Take Me Along, Nicole also appeared in Carnival, once again produced by David Merrick. Nicole then went into Nowhere to Go but Up, choreographed by Ron Field, with Michael Bennett as assistant choreographer.
Nicole was already established as a Broadway dancer when Hello, Dolly! auditions began. Gower Champion called her in and she was cast immediately as part of the ensemble. Other Broadway shows include Sugar, Dear World, and The Happy Time. Nicole was also dance captain for Dear World and The Happy Time.
She was a long-time member of Dancers Over 40, and served on their board of directors from 2001-2003.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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