Carolyn George d'Amboise, Former Dancer Who Helped Inspire Kids With Dance, Has Died

Obituaries   Carolyn George d'Amboise, Former Dancer Who Helped Inspire Kids With Dance, Has Died
 
Carolyn George d'Amboise, a former dancer married to New York City Ballet star Jacques d'Amboise, died Feb. 10 at the couple's Manhattan home after a battle with primary lateral sclerosis. She was 81.

A ballet and Broadway dancer who performed as Carolyn George (in On Your Toes in 1954 and Shinbone Alley in 1957), she is the mother of Broadway and ballet dancers Charlotte d'Amboise (A Chorus Line, Chicago) and Christopher d'Amboise (Song and Dance), and son George and daughter Catherine.

The Dallas native danced with the San Francisco Ballet in the late 1940s and in Broadway choruses, as well as at the New York City Ballet. She met Jacques d'Amboise in the NYCB troupe. They married in 1956.

Ms. d'Amboise took up photography (including photographing dance) after she retired from dance, and her work has been published.

In 1976 the d'Amboises created the National Dance Institute, which engages kids and community members in the joy of dance. Another dance exercise group, Carrie's Mob, taken from her nickname, continues today.

She is survived by her husband and four children. A memorial service will be held March 30 at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

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