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An Obit For a Fort Worth Native Who Danced With Nureyev and Tharp

John O'Malley
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The New York Times this morning carries the obituary for John O'Malley, the Fort Worth-born, Plano-trained dancer and choreographer who died on December 26, at the age of 46. Says his paid bio this morning:

He trained at the Chamberlain School of Ballet in Dallas before receiving scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1982, he joined ABT II and was later in the corps de ballet of the Metropolitan Opera Company, Zurich Ballet and Bejart Ballet. Over the course of his career, John danced with Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and was a soloist with Eglevsky Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Dinosaur Dance Company, Keith Young Dance and Garden State Ballet.

He would also return frequently to perform with the Chamberlain School of Ballet, says his obit, but he lived -- and died -- in New York. A memorial is planned in March; details will be found here in coming days. --Robert Wilonsky

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