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Merrill Brockway

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Rest in peace, Mr. Brockway.

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Peter Boal was quoted in the ABQ Journal:

“He’s probably the nicest man I’ve ever met,” said Peter Boal, artistic director of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet. Brockway called Boal regularly just to check in through his 22 1/2 years as a New York City Ballet dancer.

For Boal, he was more than a mentor.

“He wanted to make sure I had access to all the footage of Balanchine and Baryshnikov, that intense coaching,” Boal said. “He felt that Balanchine was the voice for every generation. He felt the same way about Jerome Robbins’ choreography, Twyla Tharp’s choreography and Martha Graham’s.”

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From the NYT obituary

"Modeled after the dance numbers in Fred Astaire movies, “Dance in America” became known for showing dancers’ bodies mostly in full. Mr. Brockway said his collaboration with Balanchine influenced that approach."

His Dance in America work is some of the best dance film made, ever.

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He brought us all so very much, and ensured that it was the finest quality.

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For those of not able to be in the theater, he brought an understanding of the great dance of the age... Dance that the great majority of us would have otherwise missed seeing... (And in such a way that we could actually see what made it great, not just the typical random close-ups of so many dance broadcasts).... Thank you, Mr. Brockway, for showing us all that!!

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For those of not able to be in the theater, he brought an understanding of the great dance of the age... Dance that the great majority of us would have otherwise missed seeing... (And in such a way that we could actually see what made it great, not just the typical random close-ups of so many dance broadcasts).... Thank you, Mr. Brockway, for showing us all that!!

Yes, yes, yes!

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