Fonds - Christine Hennessy fonds

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Christine Hennessy fonds

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  • 1966-1998 (Creation)
    Hennessy, Christine

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1 folder of textual material + 9 photographs

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Christine Hennessy was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1936. She won a scholarship with Maria Swoboda in New York at the age of fourteen. One year later, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she danced for five years. She then danced with the Breman Opera Ballet for a year before joining the American Festival Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Four years later, she rejoined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo for three more years and did guest performances before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1966. In 1968, she won the Gold Medal for “best female interpretation” at the International Festival of the Dance in Paris. Christine Hennessy left the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1972 and retired from dance shortly afterwards to raise a family. She taught in Toronto at the Lois Smith Dance School before co-founding the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and started training both professional and recreational dancers. In 1994, Rhode Island College awarded Christine an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Christine Hennessy passed away on April 12, 1997.

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The records of Christine Hennessy came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB.

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The Christine Hennessy fonds includes the following series: newspaper and magazine articles (1967-1972); reviews (1966-1969); biographical information (1966-[1978]); photo captions (1970); obituary (1998); and photographs (1968-1970).

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