JACQUES D'AMBOISE with PETER BOAL at Town Hall Seattle
Co-presented with PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET. Ballet legend Jacques d'Amboise share the story of his 35 years as principal dancer with the New York City Ballet during the reign of Balanchine and so much more in his new memoir, I Was a Dancer (Knopf). The Boston-born Jack Ahearn was discovered by Balanchine at the New York City Ballet at the age of 15, became a principal dancer there at 17, and remained a star for 35 years. Balanchine choreographed more pieces for him than any other male lead. Jacques d'Amboise appeared in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Carousel, The Best Things in Life are Free, and Balanchine's A Midsummer's Night Dream. In 1976, he founded the National Dance Institute, an arts education program that passes the joy of dance on to younger generations. Among his many accolades are a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, an Academy Award, six Emmy Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Peabody Award. He tells a big, encompassing story in I Was a Dancer. Joining Jacques d'Amboise onstage in conversation this evening will be Peter Boal, artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006), and at Elliott Bay Book Company. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600. For more on Pacific Northwest Ballet and its 2010-11 seasonwhich includes Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream April 8 – 17 at McCaw Hallplease see www.pnb.org.