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Today’s look at spectacular past performances in the dance world brings us a superhuman, flying, floating Jacques d’Amboise.

You’re now familiar with Mr. d’Amboise as the founding director of the National Dance Institute, which he established in 1976. He was a rough and tumble street kid from Washington Heights before he joined New York City Ballet, where he danced for nearly 35 years. Just one year after beginning ballet classes, he continued his studies at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine. Three years later, at the age of 15, he joined NYCB.

Jacques d'Amboise flying
If you don’t yet have your fill and you have a half hour to spare, here’s Mr. d’Amboise dancing his most revered role in George Balanchine’s Apollo.

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Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)