Erika Goodman (1945-2004).Erika Goodman, one of the eminent ballerinas of the Joffrey Ballet Joffrey Ballet, one of the major American dance companies. It was founded in New York City in 1954 by the dancer-choreographer Robert Joffrey. From 1956 to 1964 it made yearly tours of the United States. during the 1960s and 1970s, died at the age of 59 after falling in her Manhattan apartment in December. She lent her beautifully stretched lines and ardent presence to Arpino ballets like A Light Fantastic, Fanfarita, Solarwind, and The Clowns. She brought elegance to Cello Concerto, poignancy to Kettentanz, and charm to her portrayal of the fickle Ballerina in the Joffrey's revival of Petrouchka. In 1973, Twyla Tharp Noun 1. Twyla Tharp - innovative United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1941)
Tharp chose her to be the sole ballerina in white in her breakthrough ballet Deuce Coupe. While throngs of dancers frugged, slid, and slinked to the music of the Beach Boys, Goodman remained serene as she articulated the lexicon of ballet vocabulary in alphabetical order, starting with ailes de pigeon; she was a symbol of the purity of a ballerina's concentration.
Born in Philadelphia, Goodman studied modern dance with Nadia Chilkovsky, but fell in love with ballet while training with Margaret Craske at Jacob's Pillow. At 16, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the School of American Ballet The School of American Ballet is located in New York City, in Lincoln Center. It is considered one of the most prestigious and notable ballet schools in the United States and teaches some of the most talented young dancers in the country. , and three years later entered the New York City Ballet New York City Ballet, one of the foremost American dance companies of the 20th cent. It was founded by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine as the Ballet Society in 1946. corps. But in 1966 Goodman joined the City Center Joffrey Ballet and found her niche. Francesca Corkle, a former Joffrey ballerina, said, "Ms. Goodman's presence onstage exuded her passionate love for dancing and captivated cap·ti·vate
tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To capture. audiences worldwide."
Goodman became something of an urban legend for her extremes of devotion to the art form. As a teenager, she reportedly was found sleeping in a ballet studio in the morning after practicing all night. She was often spotted at Balducci's with a shopping cart filled solely with lettuce. Anorexia plagued her throughout her career, and in 2000 she appeared in a PBS PBS
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