ROSELLA HIGHTOWER

Dancer

Star ballerina from the 50s Deauville summers

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

Tall and lively, she becomes fifteen years old during the Ballet Principal Dancer thanks to an extraordinary technique. The press of the time greeted: " She makes fun of the rules of gravity and her slow extremes where she seems to return on her own tracks take the breath away of the most jaded. She dances as one should dance with love and with joy ”.

From 1949, the Ballets of the 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 de Deauville and each winter in the season of winter of the Casino de Cannes. The company gives 8 choreographic galas each summer in Deauville. The adventure ended in 1962 with the dissolution of the Ballets du Marquis de Cuévas, following the death of the Marquis.

Rosella Hightower dances for the last time in Deauville on August 12, 1961 for a gala dinner at the Figaro. That evening she played a No two  alongside a young defector from Kirov who, on June 16, at Le Bourget airport, 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 presented him with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor. She passed away on November 3, 2008 in Cannes.

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