Vale Russell Kerr

Celebrated ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer Russell Kerr has died in Christchurch at the age of 92.

Friend Jennifer Shennan said Kerr died on Wednesday morning after a life devoted to ballet and the arts.

In the 1950s, Kerr danced with prestigious dance companies in Europe, including Ballet Rambert, Sadler’s Wells, and Festival Ballet. He returned to his home country to lead New Zealand Ballet in the 1960s, the New Zealand Dance Centre in the 1970s, and the Southern Ballet Theatre in Christchurch from 1978 to 1990.

Russell Kerr in February 1951 before he left New Zealand for Europe.


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