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Tobias Leibovitz


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Tobias Leibovitz, well known to ballet fans the world over as the owner/manager of the Ballet Shop, passed away on August 7. There has not been an obituary but I post this having come from his funeral yesterday. I may have some further detail from the family within a few days, but wanted this as a short mention for those who knew him and the shop for lo those many years.

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Thank you for sharing this sad news. I remember the Ballet Shop very well (and can picture Mr. Leibovitz in my head though I did not know him personally)--it was a wonderful place to find all kinds of books, programs, photos etc. At a certain time in my life I would drop in before almost every ballet performance I attended.

A few years ago, quite by chance, I picked up a photo of the shop from an outdoor book (and-what-not) seller near Lincoln Center.

RIP Tobias Leibovitz...

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Thank you for posting. My rare trips to NYC always miss The Ballet Shop. Being always early for the ballet, it was a wonderful place for me to wander through as a young ballet student awaiting the ballet to begin. I have a large ballet memorabilia collection, I believe because I was so fascinated by his store. He was always encouraging to me, although I am sure he was only trying to sell a book or two. He was a part of my ballet life, while he was unaware, from my childhood until the shop closed. He influenced my love of all things Russian ballet.

May he rest in peace.

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Oh yes, The Ballet Shop and Tobias were such a huge part of my early ballet days in NY also. I too have so many books, articles, etc. bought from his shop. Always a deep pleasure to be there and peruse the shelves. RIP.

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Toby L. was also one of the great collectors of ballet films, books and memorabilia. His partner in life and co-owner of the Ballet Shop, Norm, preceded him in death a few years ago. I reminder both of them fondly, as well as a very kind associate, Joe,who usually helped customers at the front of the shop.

RIP, Toby Leibovitz!

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Toby L. was also one of the great collectors of ballet films, books and memorabilia. His partner in life and co-owner of the Ballet Shop, Norm, preceded him in death a few years ago. I reminder both of them fondly, as well as a very kind associate, Joe,who usually helped customers at the front of the shop.

RIP, Toby Leibovitz!

Do you know how old he was?

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