Acclaimed American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Robert LaFosse will join our ISS2018 on behalf of the acclaimed American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy OnaSsis School. Get to KNOW Robert ahead of his first trip to Australia.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Robert LaFosse

PHOTO: Courtesy of Robert LaFosse

Robert La Fosse was born in Beaumont, Texas, and received his ballet training at the Marsha Woody Academy of Dance.  He continued his studies in New York with David Howard at Harkness House and Stanley Williams at The School of American Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1977, where he danced as a Principal Dancer for nine years.  In 1986, he was invited by Jerome Robbins to join New York City Ballet as a Principal Dancer.

Throughout his career, he has danced leading roles in many full-length ballets including Albrecht and Hilarion in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Franz and Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Act II), Solor in La Bayadere and the U.S. premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.  His enormous repertory includes leading roles in works by world-renowned choreographers, including Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Anthony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, The Little Ballet, Deuce Coup, The Golden Section and Nine Sinatra Songs.  With the New York City Ballet, Mr. LaFosse has danced in George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, Ivesiana, Prodigal Son, Scotch Symphony, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes and Who Cares?, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, Brahms/Handel (choreographed with Twyla Tharp), The Concert , Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, Fanfare, The Four Seasons, Gershwin Concerto, The Goldberg Variations, I’m Old Fashioned, In G Major, Interplay, Ives Songs, Other Dances, Piano Pieces, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Watermill; and Peter Martins’ Concerto for Two Solo Pianos. He originated roles in Jerome Robbins’ Quiet City, Piccolo Balletto and West Side Story Suite; Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita, Octet, Sextet; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk; and Peter Martins’ A Fool for Your and Tea-Rose.

In addition to his work in classical ballet, Mr. LaFosse has also starred in Broadway productions of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.  In 1992 he was a guest artist with Twyla Tharp and Dancers at City Center.  He also serves as Artistic Director of “Stars of American Ballet,” a small touring group consisting of principals and soloists from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. In addition to performing, Mr. LaFosse is also a choreographer having created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Company, The School of American Ballet, Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, the Bavarian State Opera Ballet, American Place Theatre, Les Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo plus numerous works for the New York City Ballet. In 1987 Robert LaFosse wrote his autobiography entitled ‘Nothing to Hide’ published by Donald I. Fine.

Mr. LaFosse’s television appearances include “American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco,” Anthony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lisas and Lynne Taylor Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk,  “the ABT Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast dancing Kenneth MacMillan’s Triad, and in “Baryshnikov Dances Tharp,” in Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove.  Mr. LaFosse appeared in the “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast of “Ray Charles in concert with the New York City Ballet” in the role Peter Martins created for him in his ballet A Fool for Your and the “Dance in America” program, “Balanchine in America” in Western Symphony.  For “GREAT PERFORMANCES’ 20th Anniversary Special” he danced with Kyra Nichols in Peter Martins’ Not My Girl.  In the winter of 1993, Mr. LaFosse appeared as Dr. Stahlaum in the film version of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, produced by Elektra Entertainment/Reency Enterprises. 

Mr. LaFosse currently teaches at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and participating in the International Summer School will be his first time in Australia.


At ISS2018 Mr. LaFosse will teach at the senior.danceyouth.ballet courses and well as host the masterclass.audition for the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.


January 9-19 2018