( b. Dec 03, 1925 Paintsville, Kentucky, USA - d. Jul 27, 2013 Paintsville, Kentucky, USA ) Male
Richard Thomas achieved wide influence teaching at the New York School of Ballet, which he and his wife, the ballerina Barbara Fallis, founded in 1958 in Manhattan. Both he and Ms. Fallis had danced with the Ballet Theater in New York as well as with Alicia Alonso in Cuba.
Soon after opening their school, they moved it to the former studios of the City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet, where George Balanchine had choreographed some of his major works.
Already-famous dancers like Cynthia Gregory studied there. And many of the school's other students went on to achieve renown, among them Twyla Tharp and Sean Lavery. Mr. Thomas was in particular a lasting mentor to the choreographer Eliot Feld and the choreographer and director Daniel Levans.
As a young man he moved to California to study ballet with Bronislava Nijinska, a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer who had settled in Los Angeles to teach. He also trained with Vincenzo Celli, a noted ballet teacher in New York City. His early dancing career included stints with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Ballet Theater, where he met Ms. Fallis.
Mr. Thomas danced with Ms. Fallis at City Ballet from 1953 to 1958, performing several roles in Balanchine's "Nutcracker" as well as in the premieres of Todd Bolender's "Souvenirs" (1955), Balanchine's "Jeux d'Enfants" (1955) and Jerome Robbins's "Concert." (1956).
Source: The New York Times obituary