Fuerstner, Fiona (1936–)

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Fuerstner, Fiona (1936–)

American ballet dancer. Born April 24, 1936, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; raised in and around San Francisco, California.

Made performance debut with San Francisco Ballet (1952), where she danced in works by Balanchine and Christensen, among others; moved to New York City to continue dance training at School of American Ballet; also studied with Royal Ballet School in London; danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens where she performed in company's classical repertory; danced in numerous repertory pieces of Pennsylvania Ballet (starting mid-1960s), such as John Butler's Ceremony (1968) and Carmina Burana, Richard Rodham's Valse Oubliée, and revivals of Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas and Balanchine's Symphony in C., among others; served as ballet mistress of Pennsylvania Ballet for many years and later held the same position at Milwaukee Ballet.