By the time he was 24, Clark Tippet of Parsons was one of the principal dancers in the American Ballet Theatre.
He was considered by the New York Times to be one of the most promising ballet choreographers of the late 20th century.
He began dancing at the age of 5. At the age of 11, he went to New York on a scholarship to attend Thalia Mara’s National Academy of Ballet. He was made a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in 1975 and was promoted to principal in 1976.
From 1978 through 1982, he took a leave to treat a drug addiction. When he returned to dancing in 1982, he danced in ballets by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jerome Robbins and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
He created ballets for the American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet of Seattle and the Kansas City Ballet.
He won the American Choreographer’s Award in 1988.
Question: How old was Tippet when he died?
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Answer to Thursday’s question: Both Glenn Cunningham and Archie San Romani shared similar tragic childhood injuries to their legs, making it unlikely they would walk, let alone run.. Cunningham was horribly burned in fire; San Romani’s right leg was crushed by a milk truck. His leg became infected and doctors wanted to amputate. He refused.
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