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#1 rg


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:11 PM

Dance writer George Dorris just wrote to say that Gage Bush Englund died yesterday.
Ballettalk members may know her as a ballet teacher and ballet director connected to American Ballet Theatre's second company, which I think was in many ways founded by her late husband Richard Englund, who also worked with the Joffrey if mem. serves. Their daughter Rachel Rutherford is in NYCB.

#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:56 PM

That's quite a shock. Gage was the eldest of the original Ford Foundation Scholarship students at SAB, in the same class with Suzanne Farrell, William Glassman, and Hilda Morales.

May she have eternal rest,
May light eternal shine upon her.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:22 PM

The costumes for Mr. Joffrey's last venture into choreography- POSTCARDS, were a gift from Gage Bush.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 08:47 PM

Condolences to Rachel Rutherford and Ms. Bush's many ballet progeny.

Her influence will be felt for generations to come.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:11 AM

Miss Gage was extremely generous in so many ways. Her financial support allowed ABTII and JoffreyII to train hundreds of young dancers, and she gave such warmth, kindness, and encouragement to all. She will be missed.

From the New York Times: Gage Bush Englund, Ballet Mistress and Dancer, Dies at 77

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