NAME: Robert Rodham
Source: Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic Robert D. Rodham, 48, widely known dancer, ballet master and stage director whose work with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company in the 1960s and 1970s is generally credited with raising that then-young company to national importance, died Thursday at Graduate Hospital of complications from AIDS. At the time of his death, he was a teacher for the Feld Ballet and its school in New York City. Philadelphia audiences saw Mr. Rodham emerge as one of the Philadelphia company's firstPublished on 1988-07-16, Page C08, Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
Robert D. Rodham, a ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer, died on July 14 at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 48 years old. The cause of death was AIDS, according to Earl Levit, a friend.
Mr. Rodham was born in West Pittston, Pa. He trained with Barbara Weisberger, former director of the Pennsylvania ballet, and was the first male recipient of a Ford Foundation scholarship to the School of American Ballet. Mr. Rodham danced with the New York City Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet, for which he also served as ballet master, resident choreographer and associate artistic director. He danced in classical and contemporary ballet roles and was noted for his special sensitivity to the Balanchine repertory.
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Date of Birth: 9/2/1939
Date of Death (delete if non-applicable): 7/13/1988
Age at Death (delete if non-applicable): 48
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