A memoir of and a new book about dancer Miriam Golden
by Ellen Ziegler. Photos and video.
My mother took the stage name Miriam Golden when she began dancing with Philadelphia’s Littlefield Ballet as a teenager. She moved to New York to join Balanchine’s Ballet Caravan; when Ballet Theatre (now ABT) was founded in 1940, Miriam joined as a principal dancer. At 20 years old, she’d become a prima ballerina in what was to be American Ballet Theatre, America’s national ballet company.
In 1941, the new company was invited to be in residence for a year at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. There, Miriam met the comedian, actor and bullfighter Mario Moreno Reyes, also known as Cantinflas.