Kaye, Nora

Kaye, Nora

(Nora Koreff), 1920–87, American ballerina, b. New York City. Kaye studied with Michel FokineFokine, Michel
, 1880–1942, Russian-American choreographer and ballet dancer, b. Russia. He studied at the Imperial Ballet School (1889–98) and danced at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
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 and Antony TudorTudor, Antony,
1909–87, English choreographer and dancer. Tudor went to the United States at the invitation of the Ballet Theatre, New York City (1939); he danced leading roles and created ballets for several English and American companies and was later the artistic
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. She joined the Ballet Theatre in 1940 and scored a major triumph in 1942 in Pillar of Fire. Noted for her astounding versatility, she performed in works ranging from Giselle and Swan Lake to the comic Gala Performance and dramatic Age of Anxiety.

Kaye, Nora (b. Koreff)

(1920–87) ballet dancer; born in New York City. After her youthful training with the Metropolitan Opera Company's dance corps, Kaye performed in musical comedies in the late 1930s and became a founding member of Ballet Theatre in 1939. She was known for her dramatic performances of Anthony Tudor's choreography, especially Pillar of Fire (1942), and except for a few years at New York City Ballet (1951–54), she performed with Ballet Theatre until she retired from performance in 1961. She was executive or coproducer of seven films including The Turning Point (1977) and she served as associate artistic director of Ballet Theatre (1977–83).