( b. Oct 30, 1936 Bronx, New York, USA - d. Jan 07, 2014 Ottawa, CANADA ) Male
Gradus was an Artistic Director and Choreographer Entre-Six, Montreal (1974-1979) Theatre Ballet of Canada,Ottawa (1980-1990).
Raised in the Bronx, New York, Gradus received a scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet Theatre in Manhattan and in 1958 was taken into the Company. He later became a soloist with Jerome Robbins'Ballets U.S.A. performing around the world. Gradus came to Canada in 1967 to dance at Expo and shortly after he joined Les Grands Ballet Canadiens as a soloist. Ludmilla Chiriaeff later chose him to lead Les Compagnons de la Danse and it was during this period that he really began to experiment with choreography.
His career in Canada continued with his leadership of Entre-Six and Theatre Ballet of Canada. In 1974 he was the recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Jean A Chalmer's Award for choreography.
Based in Toronto from 1991 to 2005, he was involved in numerous projects including teaching and choreographing at Waterloo University, Ryerson University, the National Ballet of Canada's outreach program, the Danny Grossman Dance Company as well as acting as a choreographic consultant to many artists.
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