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Frank Everett

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Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1964, Frank Everett (1964-1992) grew up in New Jersey and New Hampshire. He began studying dance in Lambertville, New Jersey and attended an intensive  summer workshop in dance at Rutgers University. He studied dance and ballet in Los Angeles while working as a commercial dancer in music videos and television. In New York, he was awarded a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School and studied ballet with the former Joffrey dancer Robert Blankshine. He moved to the Bay Area to perform with both the Marin and Oakland Ballet companies. While with the Oakland Ballet, he participated in choreographies by Val Caniparoli, Betsy Erickson, and a commissioned work with ODC choreographer Brenda Way. He began working with ODC/ San Francisco, a contemporary dance company, in 1988 and performed in dances created by Brenda Way and colleagues KT Nelson and Kim Okada in home seasons and on tour nationally and internationally in Southeat Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Frank also chorographed independently, presenting dances in studio settings in San Francisco. His work was considered "promising with an ability to shape material in an imaginative manner" (Rita Feliciano, Bay Guardian). Choreographer and ODC artistic director Brenda Way wrote, " Frank is a natural athlete, with an eye for movement, a mind for method, and a gift for invention." Frank Everett died July 8, 1992 of AIDS-related illness. He was 28.

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