Fonds - Sylvester Campbell fonds

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Sylvester Campbell fonds

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1 folder of textual material + 8 photographs

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Sylvester Briscoe was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1938. By the age of eight, he was tap dancing on television. His family later moved to Washington, D.C., where he began his ballet training. In 1956, he joined The New York Negro Ballet. While on a European tour, Sylvester, now using the last name of Campbell, decided to stay in London. For the next few years, he performed for choreographer Jack Carter on BBC TV and in international productions. He danced for a British and a Swedish revue and continued to perform as a guest artist until 1960, when he joined the Het Nederlands Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. When the company amalgamated with another to become Het National Ballet in 1963, Sylvester was promoted to principal dancer.
Sylvester returned to North America in 1972 to become a principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He left Winnipeg in 1975 to become associate artistic director of the Capitol Ballet in Washington, D.C He continued, however, to make guest appearances with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, who performed Like a Song, choreographed by Sylvester, in 1979. He later served as principal dancer and choreographer with the Maryland Ballet and also taught classes and continued those roles after Maryland Ballet folded and was replaced by the Baltimore Ballet. He was the head of the dance department at the Baltimore School for the Arts for 15 years. Sylvester Campbell passed away on March 9, 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The records of Sylvester Campbell came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as several transfers of records from the RWB and were also collected by members of the Alumni Association.

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The Sylvester Campbell fonds includes the following series: alumni questionnaire [1990]; newspaper and magazine articles (1972-2014); and photographs (1972-1975).

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See also the records of Like a Song housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives.

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