ROBERT LINDGREN MEMORIAL DANCE CONCERT
Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
The Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place
UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem
The School of Dance presents a memorial performance for Robert Lindgren,
the Canadian-born dancer who performed with many ballet companies
before becoming the founding Dean of Dance at UNCSA. Alumni and other guests will perform to celebrate his legacy.
FREE, but ticketed through the Box Office, 336-721-1945.
performance will include Raymonda, choreographed by Robert Lindgren,
after Marius Petitpa; “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, choreographed by Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven, after Marius Petitpa and
Lev Ivanov; Sunny Day, choreographed by Charles Czarny; and the pas
de deux from Last Lost Chance, choreographed by Sasha Janes.
an alumna born in Kernersville who is currently a member of the corps de
ballet of American Ballet Theatre, will perform the lead in Waltz of the
Gerberich and Frederick “Pete” Leo Walker II, both principal dancers with North Carolina Dance Theatre, will perform the
pas de deux from Last Lost Chance.
dancers will include current School of Dance students.
will include current School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe, long-time
prima ballerina with American Ballet Theatre; UNCSA Chancellor Emeritus Alex C. Ewing, also a former interim dean of the School of Dance and
former general director of The Joffrey Ballet; Jacques d’Amboise,
former star of the New York City Ballet; Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux,
former star of the New York City Ballet and president and artistic director
of North Carolina Dance Theatre; and Judy Hirsch, first student of
Robert and Sonja Lindgren at their dance school in Phoenix.
several former dancers with North Carolina Dance Theatre, which Lindgren
created, will speak about the company in the early days. They include
current School of Dance faculty members Frank Smith, Susan
McCullough (former Dean of Dance) and Dayna Fox (head of the
Preparatory Dance Program); former faculty member Mindy Lawrence; and
alumna Svea Eklof.
memorial will also include film and audio clips.
Kelley Potter Photo: American Ballet Theatre
About Kelley Potter (Corps de Ballet, American Ballet
Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, Kelley Potter
trained at the then-North Carolina School of the Arts,
graduating in 2002. While a student at NCSA, she
appeared in North Carolina Ballet's production of The
Nutcracker, and danced the role of Solace in the
world premiere of Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Great Scott.
Potter joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company
(now ABT II) in 2002 and later became an apprentice with
ABT, performing various roles as a member of the corps
Potter then joined Boston Ballet in 2003, performing
with them until 2008. Her repertory with Boston Ballet
included the Snow Queen, Arabian dance, Spanish dance,
and Demi Flower in The Nutcracker, lead swan and
the pas de cinq in Swan Lake, the lead whore in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri's Friend in Don
Quixote, the Pas de Trois, Puss in Boots and the
Enchanted Garden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty,
Nancy in La Sylphide, and roles in Jorma Elo's Plan to B and Carmen, Mark Morris' Up and
Down, Helen Pickett's Etesian, Val
Caniparoli's Lambarena and Sonata, Jiří Kylián's Falling Angels, William Forsythe's In
the middle, somewhat elevated, and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.
Potter rejoined American Ballet Theatre as a member of
the corps de ballet in January 2009. Her repertory
includes the Lead D'Jampe in La Bayadère, a
Harlot in Romeo and Juliet and roles in Black
Tuesday and In the Upper Room, as well as
roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.
Anna Gerberich Photo: NC Dance Theatre
About Anna Gerberich (Principal Dancer, North Carolina
Anna Gerberich began her training at Central
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary and was
a featured performer in CPYB’s performing company. In
2004, she was invited by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux to
apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theatre. The
following year, at 16, she joined the Company. Gerberich
received the Pointe Magazine NERDA Award of Promise in
2001 and was awarded the Barbara Weisberger RDA Founders
Award of Excellence in 2004. She competed in the Youth
America Grand Prix, where she received first place at
regionals and was a finalist at the international level.
Her favorite roles include Little Mermaid in Mark
Diamond’s Little Mermaid, Dwight Rhoden’s Moody Booty Blues, Sanguinic in George
Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and The
Liberty Bell in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes.
Frederick "Pete" Leo Walker II Photo: NC Dance Theatre
About Frederick “Pete” Leo Walker II (Principal Dancer,
North Carolina Dance Theatre)
From Jacksonville, Fla., Pete Walker began his training
at Dansations Performing Arts Center and Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts. During his sophomore year,
Walker was accepted into Nutmeg Conservatory for the
Arts on full scholarship. While at Nutmeg Conservatory
he performed with MOMIX for Pope Benedict XVI. He also
performed Don Quixote pas de deux and Sleeping
Beauty pas de deux, both staged by Kirk Peterson,
and Diane and Actéon pas de deux, staged by
Eleanor D’Antuono. In 2010, Walker joined North Carolina
Dance Theatre 2 and was quickly promoted
to the first company. His first season with NC Dance
Theatre included dancing in George Balanchine’s Stars
and Stripes pas de deux, Jiri Bubenicek’s Le
Souffle de l’Esprit, Sasha Janes’ Last Lost
Chance, Dwight Rhoden’s Reflections Of... and
Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section. Walker is a
2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award.
About Robert Lindgren
Born on December 9, 1923 in Victoria, B.C., Canada,
Robert Alexander Lindgren began studying ballet there
with Dorothy Wilson and then in Vancouver with June
Roper. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1940 and
then served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World
War II. When he returned to dancing in 1945 he joined
the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo where he met his future
wife, Sonja Tyven.
During his years with the Ballet Russe he rose to the
rank of leading dancer, working with choreographers such
as Fokine, Massine, Balanchine and de Mille.
His teachers in New York included Maria Yurieva, Anatole
Vilzak, Pierre Vladimiroff and Igor Schwezoff, and Olga
Preobrajenska in Paris.
Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven were married in 1952,
the year he became a U.S. citizen. During his long
career as a dancer, Lindgren appeared on Broadway in Plain and Fancy, Up in Central Park, Me and Juliet, and on national television shows including NBC
Television Spectaculars and as a regular performer on
“Your Show of Shows.” He performed on an international
tour of Oklahoma! sponsored by the U.S. State
Department. He toured the world in the Great Moments in
Ballet concert tour with Alexandra Danilova, Frederic
Franklin, and his wife.
In 1957, Lindgren joined the New York City Ballet where
he was a soloist. In 1959, he moved to Phoenix, where he
and his wife opened the Lindgren-Tyven School of Ballet.
After the birth of his two daughters, Lindgren moved to
Winston-Salem to serve as the first Dean of the School
of Dance at the newly established North Carolina School
of the Arts. During his tenure at the School of the
Arts, Lindgren and Tyven choreographed the school's
first production of The Nutcracker, which became
a Winston-Salem holiday tradition.
He founded the North Carolina Dance Theatre, a
professional affiliate of the School of the Arts. From
1969 to 1987 he led summer programs in Italy for dance
students to study and perform. He established the
Preparatory Dance Program along with his wife to train
young dancers from the local community. He left in 1987
to become general director (later, president) of the
School of American Ballet in New York City, where he
served until 1991 when he and his wife returned to
Lindgren served on the Council for Lincoln Center; the
dance and choreographer panels of the National Endowment
for the Arts; the boards of the arts councils of North
Carolina, New York State and Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County, and the Board of Visitors of the School of
American Ballet. He was an adjudicator for the Regional
Ballet Festivals for many years. He received honorary
doctorates from Wake Forest University (1976) and UNCSA
(2006.) He was a visiting guest artist at Wake Forest
University and director of the South Carolina Governor's
School dance program and was instrumental in the
founding of the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh.
He received the North Carolina Governor's Award in 1980
for outstanding contribution to the arts.
In 2006 he served on a Founders Forum panel alongside
John Ehle, Philip Hanes, Tom Lambeth, Mary Semans and
Robert Ward, as UNCSA celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Lindgren photos courtesy of the UNCSA Archives