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Frederic Franklin has died at age 98.

Associated Press

Franklin succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, according to his lifelong partner, William Ausman.

The New York Times

His repertory ranged from the Prince in “Swan Lake” to a cowboy in “Rodeo” and Stanley Kowalski in a choreographic version of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” As a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Mr. Franklin was often paired with the Russian ballerina Alexandra Danilova to form one of the great partnerships of 20th-century ballet.

The Washington Post

Long after most dance careers end, Mr. Franklin continued to be an important force in the ballet community, serving as its living library and oral historian. Until the advent of film and video, dance was notoriously difficult to pass down because it lacks an effective, widely used system of notation.

The Cincinnati Enquirer

In 1969, he founded the National Ballet in Washington, DC. When the company failed in 1974, Franklin joined a pair of his former Ballet Russe colleagues to stage a new production of “The Nutcracker” for the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

It was the beginning of a relationship that would last the rest of his life.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)

[Edited by Helene: I was able to access the WSJ article through Google using keywords "wall street journal frederic franklin" and selecting the article named "For Nine Decades, a Ballet Dancer."]

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Allan Ulrich reviews the San Francisco Ballet's new Cinderella:


In these final weeks of the 2013 season, the San Francisco Ballet has a hit on its hands, a new "Cinderella" that has been intelligently plotted, alluringly appointed and, if Friday's opening at the War Memorial Opera House was indicative, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with style and great insight into the company's dancing resources.

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Gia Kourlas reviews the New York City Ballet in a Robbins program:


Jerome Robbins’s first two dances mapped out his creative life. After choreographing “Fancy Free,” a 1944 hit about three sailors on shore leave, he was clearly headed down the golden path of musical-theater. But a year later he created the playful “Interplay,” which integrated classical steps with a jazzy, American style of moving. This showed his range; Robbins’s other foot belonged in ballet.

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The National Ballet of Canada will appear at SPAC this year:


The National Ballet of Canada, one of the world’s top international dance companies, will present three of its most acclaimed works during its debut engagement July 16 to 18 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The season will include its signature productions, the full-length story ballet, “Giselle.” Regarded as one of the most romantic and visually striking works in the classical canon, “Giselle” headlines a repertory program that also features modern masterpieces by globally acclaimed choreographers James Kudelka and Crystal Pite.

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