- Jacques d'Amboise
birthname=Joseph Jacques Ahearn
birthdate=birth date and age|1934|7|28
Film actor, dancer
Jacques d'Amboise (born Joseph Jacques Ahearn on
July 28, 1934in Dedham, Massachusetts) is a well-known American ballet dancerand choreographer.
D'Amboise was a principal dancer with the
New York City Ballet, where ballets were especially created for him by famous choreographer George Balanchine. Jacques d'Amboise has also choreographed ballets for the New York City Ballet.
As well as ballets, d'Amboise danced in films, including "
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", where he played the part of Ephraim, one of the brothers -- and "Carousel" (1956), where he danced the ballet role of the "Starlight Carnival" barker in Louise's Ballet.
National Dance Institutein 1976, which has been teaching school children how to dance for the past 30 years. A documentary film about Jacques d'Amboise and National Dance Institute won an Academy Award. The NDI program often combines music and art with studies of other cultures, histories, and literature, offering a unique and comprehensive performing arts experience, while fostering curiosity and a sense of achievement.
D'Amboise has received many
honorsand awards, including 1990 MacArthur Fellowship, a Kennedy Center HonorsAward, a National Medalof the Arts, a New York Governor's Award and an Honorary DoctorateDegree from Boston College(the last in 1986). He has also received many other awards and honors for his contribution to the Arts and dance education. D'Amboise received a D.F.A. from Bates Collegein 1978.
Carolyn George, a photographer and former ballerina, on New Years Day, 1956 and they have 4 children including ballet dancer/choreographer Christopher d'Amboiseand dancer Charlotte d'Amboise. He is the father-in-law of Terrence Mann, who married Charlotte.
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