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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Norma Vance

Throwback Thursday and Norma Vance

Born in May 1927, Norma Kaplan was a dancer with the early Ballet Theatre company (that became ABT) in New York City.

She received her dance training with Mikhail Mordkin and Maria Yurievna Swoboda and she joined Ballet Theatre in 1946. She created a role in Jeux (1950) and danced many of Antony Tudor’s works including Gala Performance and Pillar of Fire.

On April 15, 1956, a pregnant Norma was flying with her husband, Gordon Pollock, in a private plane. They left from Detroit to fly to New York City, but somewhere near Lake Erie, the plane disappeared. Although her husband’s body was found in July, apparently Norma's body was never recovered.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #307:
“Norma Vance was a dancer with Ballet Theater in the 1940s and 50s.”

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