ROSELLA HIGHTOWER

Dancer

Ballerina star of the 50's summers in Deauville

Born in 1920 in Oklahoma, Rosella Hightower came to France after the war, at the invitation of the Marquis de Cuévas, whose Ballets she joined in 1947.

Tall and lively, she became the Ballet's star dancer for fifteen years thanks to her extraordinary technique. The press of the time praised her: " She mocks the rules of gravity and her extreme slow-motion dances, in which she seems to return to her own footsteps, take the breath away from the most jaded. She dances as one should dance with love and joy".

From 1949, the Ballets du Marquis de Cuévas, at the invitation of François André, director of the casinos of Deauville and Cannes, are welcomed every summer in the summer season of the Casino of Deauville and every winter in the winter season of the Casino of Cannes. The company gives 8 choreographic galas each summer in Deauville. The adventure will stop in 1962 with the dissolution of the Ballets du Marquis de Cuévas, following the death of the Marquis.

Rosella Hightower danced for the last time in Deauville on August 12, 1961 at a gala dinner of the Figaro. That evening she performed a Pas de deux alongside a young Kirov defector who, on June 16, at Le Bourget airport, had requested political asylum in France: Rudolf Nureyev.

In 1962, she founded the Ecole supérieure de Danse de Cannes, the first large private school for choreographic training. On January 24, 2005, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, gave her the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor. She died on November 3, 2008 in Cannes.

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