Obituaries for Robert Ivey
, who died yesterday.
... Born in Australia in the 1930s, Ivey came to the United States as a high school student following the death of his parents.
Founder and artistic director of the Robert Ivey Ballet and director at the Robert Ivey Ballet School, he studied ballet at the American Ballet Theatre School while attending Columbia University in New York as a pre-med student in the 1950s, eventually earning a degree in radiology before turning to dance full time. Ivey later would study at the Ballet Arts School in Carnegie Hall.
Robert Ivey, a Charleston icon, passed away Friday morning. He was well known in the community as a dancer, choreographer and through the years he played a major role in Piccolo Spoleto, was the president of the Charleston Area Arts Council and started a dance minor program at the College of Charleston. Friends said hes been ill since he suffered a stroke in June.