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Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan

Born: 1930 AD
Died: 1988 AD
1.7 (34.15%) 65 votes

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.

1.7 (34.15%) 65 votes