Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan
1930 - Born on December 24th in Seattle, Washington. American dancer, choreographer, and director, founder of the Joffrey Ballet.
- He began studying tap dancing but soon turned to ballet with Mary Ann Wells, at whose school in Seattle he met Gerald Arpino, who would one day became his company's co-director.
1948 - Moved to New York City and studying with Alexandra Fedorova and at the School of American Ballet.
1949 - Joffrey joined Roland Petit's Ballets de Paris during the company's season in New York City.
1952-1953 - Joffrey opened a school, the American Ballet Center, and by then had already created his first major ballet, Persephone.
1954 - Joffrey formed his first small company, the Robert Joffrey Ballet Concert.
1956 - He formed the Robert Joffrey Ballet with Arpino as chief choreographer.
1966 - The company became the City Center Joffrey Ballet and thereafter grew to international fame.
1980 - Joffrey's works of note include Pas des Déesses, Gamelan, Astarte, Remembrances, and Postcards.
1988 - Died on March 25th in New York, New York.
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