Paul Maure, dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Le Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas and the Folies Bergere, has passed away in the presence of his friends and family in Southern California, Jan. 19, 2012. He was married to de Cuevas dancer, Andrea Karlsen, for 29 years. He is survived by his children, Paul Jr. and Gabriella Maure. He and his wife were the directors of International Ballet Studio in La Canada, CA, where they started a ballet company, Ballet des Arts, in 1964. That company was the first ballet company to perform at the Los Angeles Music Center and was resident company at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Paul eventually taught at many schools throughout Southern California, branching out to the San Fernando Valley, Riverside, and Laguna Beach while his wife held down "the fort" at the La Canada address and later in Pasadena.
He was loved by many for his humor, quick enchainements, and French charm by never losing his French accent, even after a half a century in America. He loved motorcycles, fast cars, puppets (in his later years) and, of course, the passion of his life.....ballet.
I understand that he taught until his death at age 86, doing what he loved best -- imparting the style and history of his great teachers and performing experiences. One of his favorite choreograpers and teachers was Bronislava Nijinska, the primary teacher of his wife, Andrea. He also loved to say that Maurice Bejart was his classmate and would share the Dance Magazine interview of Bejart's where he mentioned Paul as his good friend and colleague.
I'm hoping that people will add their memories here and at Facebook under the account "Paul Maure", started by Gabriella, his daughter.
PAUL MAURE (1926-2012)Beloved Teacher
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