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#16 Paul Parish

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:04 AM

This is terrible.

It's just terrible. He was so kind, so caring, so deeply learned, a scholar of ballet, and like the Clerk of Oxenforde, 'gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.'

I'm burning a candle to St Gleb, Mark's patron saint, who I'm sure has been waiting to welcome his old friend into heaven and is probably making him very comfortable already. And if there's been a glitch, I'm sure Gleb is on the case ready to catch him should he fall.

Edited by Paul Parish, 11 December 2011 - 01:36 PM.

#17 Alina



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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:57 AM

The ballet world is truly in mourning over this news. Mark and I became friends first on this site and also on facebook. We shared a mutual love of ballet, teaching, and our dogs. I did have the pleasure of meeting him twice in person but really became friends because of Ballet Alert. My heart goes out to his family, his dogs Tanny and Ben, his worldwide ballet family, and everyone at Ballet West. He was a real gem in our world and taken away far too soon! RIP dear Mark, you will never be forgotten.

#18 sandik


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:25 AM

Mark posted this video of himself some time ago:

Thank you so much for linking back to this -- it had slipped my mind, and I'm so glad to see it. What a joyful thing to remember him by.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:07 PM

Thank you for that clip, Mme. Hermine. My memory of this ballet had mostly faded away, but not my memory of Goldweber in it. As to the comments here, it's always so delightful, but so extra sad, to read that the deceased was such a fine person.

#20 Natalia


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Posted 12 December 2011 - 03:25 AM

No - no - no!!! This makes me sick...and sad. I'd been traveling and just saw this. Mark was an incredible artist and very kind, generous man.

RIP, Mark/Glebb.

#21 Phish17


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Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:41 AM


Esteemed former Joffrey Ballet dancer and revered teacher and coach

enjoyed celebrated career

SALT LAKE CITY – December 12, 2011– Mark Goldweber, Ballet Master for Ballet West and Director of Ballet West II, has died Friday evening, December 9, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 53.

“Mark Goldweber was my right hand and one of my dearest friends,” said Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West. “He was a genius in the dance studios and had infinite knowledge about his art form. Mark’s passion and enthusiasm for ballet, music, and culture was infectious and inspiring for everyone around him.”

Born in Coconut Grove, Florida, Goldweber received his early ballet training under renowned Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo dancer, Thomas Armour. Goldweber went on to train at The Washington School of Ballet under Mary Day as well as The School of American Ballet in New York. He joined The Joffrey Ballet in 1975 as a member of The Joffrey II Dancers and was promoted to the main Joffrey Ballet in 1977 where he made headlines right away, being cast at the age of 19 in the leading role of the "Boy in Blue" in the Joffrey’s recreation of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs. He later reprised the role for public television’s Dance In America series.

In 1988 Goldweber retired from The Joffrey to become founding Ballet Master for Oregon Ballet Theatre with James Canfield as Artistic Director. In 1996 he returned to The Joffrey as Ballet Master and director of the “Arpino Apprentices.” He served there until 2007 when he moved to Salt Lake City to become Ballet Master for Ballet West and the Director of Ballet West II.

Throughout his performing career, Goldweber danced and created leading roles in countless ballets by some of the world’s greatest choreographers. He performed to acclaim internationally and appeared in numerous public television dance specials. In 2003 he played himself in Robert Altman’s "The Company."

As a ballet master and teacher, Goldweber was highly respected worldwide for his meticulous attention to details, near photographic memory of steps and styles, and his exacting eye.

“Mark had the highest standards for excellence,” said Sklute, “He believed in the best a dancer could be and he would work tirelessly to help that dancer live up to his or her potential. Mark gave so much of himself, and all of us at Ballet West will miss him. He was a shining light in the world of dance.”

Goldweber is survived by his father Morton, his brother Adam, and his sister Ruth. A memorial service in Salt Lake City will take place at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to Ballet West II in memory of Mark Goldweber at www.balletwest.org or by calling (801) 869-6919.

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#22 Dale


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Posted 12 December 2011 - 12:01 PM

So sad. Mark will be much missed family, friends, dancers, and ballet lovers. We were lucky at Ballet Alert! that he contributed his insight to the board.

#23 cubanmiamiboy


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 01:48 AM

Ah...that damn cancer...

#24 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 02:56 AM

An obituary from the Deseret News:


#25 Amy Reusch

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:57 PM

Mark was a rare kind of balletomane... Knowing dance from the stage, the house, the studio, the published word and the cyberverse (well, after all, he was there even in the early nomenclature days of the internet)... Always trying to pass on the vibrancy of dance to others. He will be much missed by everyone. I first encountered on the NY Times dance chat (there was such a thing in the 90s) when I was complaining about a sudden turnover at Grand Rapids Ballet. Overnight he got the talent offered a new job at The Joffrey. He was an insider as much as a supporter. I was happy to find his name on several old programs passed to me recently and shipped them on to him. His list of Facebok friends read like a Who's Who of the dance world for good reason.

#26 Mel Johnson

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:17 AM

In Portland, OR, an audience reacts to the news:


#27 Mel Johnson

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:45 PM

The New York Times does a lot to explain what made Mark SO special:


#28 Mel Johnson

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 06:26 AM

A memorial service for Mark has been set in Salt Lake City for Mark. Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2 P.M. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

#29 Mel Johnson

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

The Miami Herald comes through, with some uniquely hometown touches:


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