Robert Ellis Dunn.
Although Dunn toured throughout his native Oklahoma as a child tap dancer, his major artistic training was in music, which he studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He also pursued dance study at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He worked as an accompanist for major modern dance choreographers such as Merce Cunningham and began to teach choreography at the invitation of John Cage. His students were musicians and visual artists as well as dancers, and his 1962 concert at New York City's Judson Memorial Church was regarded as the beginning of the postmodernist dance movement. In recent years he was a member of the dance faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Calvin Shawn Landers, 25, a former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, died of heart disease in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 17, 1996.
He trained at Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts and at the School of American Ballet before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 1990. One year later he joined Dance Theatre of Harlem. He performed the title role in Balanchine's Prodigal Son during the 1994-95 season--the last role he danced before his illness.
Sophia Delza Glassgold, 92, a modern dancer and teacher, died in New York City on June 27, 1996.
Trained in modern and Spanish dancing, she was also an expert on Chinese theatrical dancing and founded the Delza School of Tai Chi Chuan in 1954. She taught and lectured widely.
Eric Hyrst, 67, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, died of a heart attack in Montreal on January 31, 1996.
Hyrst began his performing career with Sadler's Wells Ballet. With his wife, Diane Gaumond, Hyrst founded State Ballet of Oregon in 1980. He was guest choreographer for Redlands Festival Ballet in Oregon and gave master classes for various schools and companies, including the newly formed Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company in Cedar Glen, California.