Cynthia Gregory Biography (1946-)

Full name, Cynthia Kathleen Gregory; born July 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Konstantin (a dress manufacturer) and Marcelle (a homemaker; maiden name, Tremblay) Gregory; married Terrence S. Orr (a dancer), May 14, 1966 (divorced, 1975); married John Hemminger (a rock music manager and promoter),1976 (died, 1984); married Hilary B. Miller (an investment banker), December,1985; children: (third marriage) Amanda (stepdaughter), Lloyd. Career: Dancer and choreographer. San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, CA, Ford Foundation scholar, 1961, soloist, 1962-65; American Ballet Theatre, New York City, dancer, 1965-66, soloist, 1966, principal dancer, 1967-91, choreographer,beginning in 1991; retired from dancing, 1993. San Francisco Opera, television performer, 1963-64, principal dancer, 1964-65; Cleveland San Jose Ballet,permanent guest artist, 1986-91; guest artist with Zurich State Opera Ballet,National Ballet of Cuba, Berlin State Opera Ballet, Ballet West, and New York City Opera. Awards, Honors: Dance Magazine Award, 1975; FirstAnnual Dance Award, Harkness Ballet Foundation, 1978; Cyril Magnin Award, outstanding achievement in the arts, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1986. Addresses: Contact: P.O. Box 1666, San Jose, CA 95109.

Dancer, choreographer
Birth Details
July 8, 1946
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • The Nutcracker, Santa Monica Civic Ballet, then San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, CA, 1961
  • Odette/Odile, Swan Lake, American Ballet Theatre, New York State Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Brahms Quintet, 1969
  • The Fallen Idol, 1969
  • Mendelssohn Symphony, 1971
  • The River, 1971
  • Giselle, 1972
  • Unfinished Symphony, 1972
  • Raymonda, American Ballet Theatre, New York State Theatre, 1975
  • Grand Pas Classique, Washington, DC, 1976
  • Swanhilda, Coppelia, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, 1990
  • Appeared in the play Romeo and Juliet and the ballet Oklahoma!, Civic Light Opera. Ballet roles include the title role, La Sylphide, Santa Monica Civic Ballet, Santa Monica, CA; title role, Carmen; Caroline and the mistress, Jardin aux Lilas; Anna I, The Seven Deadly Sins; Cybele and Medusa, Undertow; Desdemona, The Moor's Pavane; Nikiya, La Bayadere; and Hagar, Pillar of Fire. Appeared with San Francisco Ballet in Biography, Caprice, Con Amore, Divertissement d'Auber, and Symphony in C; appeared withSan Francisco Opera in Aida, The Bartered Bride, Capriccio, Carmina Burana, La Traviata, and Turandot. Other ballets include At Midnight, Bach Parita, Le Baiser de la Fee, Concerto, Dark Elegies, The Eternal Idol, Fall River Legend, Gartenfest, Gemini, Harbinger, Helenof Troy, Interlude, Intermezzo, Les Sylphides, Life: A Pop Art Ballet, Lucifer, Miss Julie, Paquita,Schubertiade, The Set, Shadows, Sinfonia, TheSleeping Beauty, Tales of Hoffmann, Theme and Variations, Triptych, Voluntaries.
  • Major Tours
  • Cynthia Gregory: A Celebration of 25 Years of Dancing, U.S. cities, 1986
  • Stage Choreographer
  • Bach Dances, 1973
  • Solo, 1979
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Firebird, American Ballet Theatre, 1978
  • Night of 100 Stars II, 1985
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1992
  • Dance performer, "Beauty and the Beast," The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • Episodic
  • "In a Rehearsal Room," Great Performances, PBS, 1975
  • The Edge of Night, 1981
  • Appeared in Shower of Stars, and with San Francisco Opera, 1963-64.
  • Film Appearances
  • An Indian, The Girl Most Likely, RKO Radio Pictures, 1958
  • Also appeared in the film In a Rehearsal Room.
  • Ballet Is the Best Exercise, Simon & Schuster (New York City),1986

Further Reference


    • Gruen, John, The Private World of Ballet, Viking (New York City),1975.
    • Dance, June 1991, pp. 44-52.*

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