Gloria Contreras obituary

Dancer and choreographer who ran her own company in Mexico for 45 years

Gloria Contreras, who has died aged 81, was a leading dancer, choreographer and teacher in her native Mexico City. There she ran her own company, the Taller Coreográfico, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, for 45 years.

At the age of 20, Contreras left home to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada. Two years later she went to New York, started her own group, México Lindo, and discovered that she and Tanaquil LeClercq, then wife of George Balanchine, the founder-director of the New York City Ballet, were patients of the same doctor. Contreras telephoned Balanchine, who came to see her dancers, was impressed, and supported her with advice and facilities.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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