BALLET MOVE: Former American ballerina Cynthia Gregory has been tapped as the recipient of the 63rd annual Capezio Dance Award. The award is sponsored by the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by Capezio, the leading dance and apparel manufacturer.
Awarded annually since 1952, the Capezio Dance Award recognizes significant contributions to American dance by an individual, company or institution. This year’s award will be presented on Nov. 17 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, where Gregory, 68, resides.
Gregory joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. In 1967, when ABT was on tour in San Francisco, Gregory made her debut as Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake.” Her New York debut, later the same year, in the dual role marked her emergence as a major ballerina. She has danced in more than 80 works at ABT, including lead roles in “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppélia,” “Raymonda,” “Don Quixote” and “La Sylphide.” She also has danced in 20th-century ballets, such as Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations,” “Apollo” and “The Prodigal Son.” In 1991, the year she retired from the ABT, Gregory became chairman of the board of Career Transition for Dancers, a not-for-profit organization that provides free services to dancers who are changing careers. She is currently chairman emeritus.