Elena Carter RichardsonBeloved dancer and instructor at OBT
Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:34 AM
Throughout the tumultuous roller coaster ride years for ballet students at OBT and the Portland Public Schools, she was a serene prescence, providing a focus on excellence that was unmatched.
When one thinks of the words "Beloved Teacher", Elena surely comes to mind.
I hope others who knew her, as dancer or teacher will post their appreciations.
Peace, Elena...you dance in our hearts forever.
Obituary from Oregonian
Posted 09 February 2006 - 12:22 PM
I remember Elena from her time at Dance Theater of Harlem -- a spitfire technique and fresh personality. She enlivened the space around her. I'm sure she had the same effect on those whom she touched more directly.
My sympathies to family and friends, her colleagues and her students.
Posted 09 February 2006 - 01:50 PM
Jessica is a tremendous talent in her own right and I wish her much success with her dancing. She has her mothers fire and intelligence.
Elena, the Aurora in my staging of 'Aurora's Wedding' for Oregon Ballet Theatre was not only a dream come true for the audience, she was a dream come true for a ballet master. To me Elena will always define complete beauty outside and in.
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