Joffrey, Robert:see Joffrey BalletJoffrey Ballet,
one of the major American dance companies. It was founded in New York City in 1956 by the dancer-choreographer Robert Joffrey. From 1956 to 1964 it made yearly tours of the United States.
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Joffrey, Robert (b. Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Kahn)(1930–88) dancer, choreographer, teacher, artistic director; born in Seattle, Wash. Of Afghan descent, he trained at the High School of Performing Arts, New York City, and the School of American Ballet, and made his debut in 1949. He taught dance and choreographed ballets before forming his first company in 1954. The City Center Joffrey Ballet, which he founded in 1965, revitalized ballet with multimedia works such as Astarte (1967), and became a major force in the world of dance.
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