CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 9, 1999
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Bujones is pronounced boo-HOH-nays)
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Bujones will present master classes
10-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, April 19-23, in the Loft studio of UI
Halsey Hall. Print and TV cameras are welcome, with advance warning. Your
contact in the dance department is Alicia Brown, 319-335-2189.)
Ballet star Fernando Bujones will give master classes
at the UI dance department April 19-23
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fernando Bujones, acknowledged to be
one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century, will present
master classes at the University of Iowa dance department April 19-23.
Bujones was catapulted to stardom when he became the first
American male dancer to win the coveted Gold Medal, as well as a special award
for Highest Technical Achievement, at the International Ballet Competition
in Varna, Bulgaria -- considered to be the Olympics of dance.
He has appeared as a principal dancer or guest artist
with more than 60 companies -- including American Ballet Theatre, the Royal
Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and the National Ballet
of Canada -- performing in more than 30 countries. He became a principal dancer
of American Ballet Theatre in 1974, becoming one of the youngest principal
dancers in the ballet world.
Over a performing career of more than two decades, he
partnered many of the world's most celebrated ballerinas, including Dame Margot
Fonteyn, Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Gregory, Carla Fracci, Gelsey Kirkland
and Marianna Tcherkassky.
Bujones has been the artistic director of ballet companies
in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the United States.
Among the many honors Bujones has received are the New
York Times Award, the Dance Magazine Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award.
Dance Magazine noted that the exuberance of his dancing "stimulated audiences
around the world to deeper insights into the joy and beauty of dance." And
Alexander Brand of the London Observer asserted, "Bujones is a class of its
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