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JOHN KRIZA SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF BALLET STAR IN LORING'S BILLY THE KID

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John Kriza signed vintage sepia tone photograph, “Best wishes, John Kriza,” in ink, 8 x 10, in the title role of Loring’s Billy the Kid. Kriza (1919 – August 18, 1975) was a ballet dancer who was one of American Ballet Theatre's best-known male principals. Kriza danced with ABT from 1940 to 1966. He originated rôles in ballets by nearly every major choreographer from the period, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Léonide Massine, Jerome Robbins, and Antony Tudor. Some of the most significant include one of the sailors in Robbins' Fancy Free (1944) and the Pastor in de Mille's Fall River Legend (1948); he is probably best-remembered, though, for his performance in the title rôle of Loring's Billy the Kid. Kriza's regular partners included Nora Kaye and Ruth Ann Koesun. He danced for John Kennedy in the White House, Khruschev in the Kremlin and before other dignitaries. He was a member of the original cast of American Ballet Theatre. After retiring in 1966, Kriza remained on staff at ABT until he died while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near Naples, Florida.  Tiny lower margin tear not affecting the image otherwise in fine condition. $225  #10528