An obituary for David Blackburn, who has died at age 76.
By the time McLain died in 1984, Blackburn had become Cincinnati Ballet’s assistant artistic director.
Blackburn was outgoing and outspoken, which made his leadership style a perfect complement to that of McLain, who was quiet and introspective. But it was a trait that occasionally caused Blackburn some difficulties, as well. Less than a month after McLain’s death, the president of the Cincinnati Ballet’s board asked him for his resignation. Over the years, it seemed that Blackburn had crossed swords with too many influential board members.