( b. Dec 09, 1923 Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - d. May 10, 2013 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ) Male
Robert Lindgren was a Canadian-born dancer who appeared with major American ballet companies before becoming the founding dean of the influential dance school at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mr. Lindgren was well known to ballet audiences in the 1940s and '50s, although he was seen less in strictly classical roles than in contemporary ballets and as the Golden Slave in "Schéhérazade."
He danced with Ballet Theater (now American Ballet Theater) in New York in the early 1940s and with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1945 to 1952. From 1957 to 1959, he was a soloist in New York City Ballet. He also danced on television, on Broadway and on State Department tours.
Gov. Terry Sanford of North Carolina established the School of the Arts (now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts) in Winston-Salem as a public arts conservatory in 1963, offering courses at the high school and college levels. (It now has a graduate program.) Mr. Lindgren was its first dean of dance, from 1965 to 1987. He also founded and directed its professional ballet troupe, North Carolina Dance Theater.
The school's graduates became visible in American companies as diverse as Ballet Theater, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and the Paul Taylor Company. In 1979, Mr. Lindgren's reach became international when Netherlands Dance Theater, directed by Jiri Kylian, began using many North Carolina-trained dancers.
Mr. Lindgren studied ballet in Canada and then in New York. During World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. On his discharge, in 1944, he joined the Ballet Russe, at a time when George Balanchine was its main choreographer.
He and Sonja Tyven, who also danced in the Ballet Russe, were married in 1952. After they retired from City Ballet, they opened the Lindgren-Tyven School of Ballet in Phoenix and later moved to North Carolina.
Source: The New York Times