Cynthia Kathleen Gregory (born July 8, 1946 is an American ballerina. Events 939 - The Major Occultation or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi 1099 - First Crusade: 15000 Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. See also,,, A ballerina ( Italian for female dancer) is a Female Ballet Dancer; the male equivalent to this title
Born in Los Angeles, Gregory’s parents encouraged her to take up dancing when she was five, hoping exercise would stem a history of childhood illnesses. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West By age six, she was en pointe. She first appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine at the age of seven. Dance Magazine is a major American Trade publication for Dance.
Much of Gregory’s early training was with Carmelita Maracci. Awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship at age 14 to study with the San Francisco Ballet, she quickly rose to soloist and became shortly thereafter a principal dancer, while also dancing with the San Francisco Opera. The Ford Foundation is a Private foundation incorporated in Michigan and based in New York City created to fund programs that were chartered in 1936 by The San Francisco Ballet ( SFB) is a Ballet company, founded in 1933 as part of San Francisco Opera Ballet. San Francisco Opera (SFO is the second largest Opera company in North America.
Gregory joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1965. See also American Ballet Theatre, based in New York City, was one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. In 1967, when ABT was on tour in San Francisco, Gregory made an auspicious debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Swan Lake ( Лебединое Озеро, Lebedinoye Ozero) is a Ballet, op Her New York debut in that role later the same year marked her emergence as a major ballerina. The role is one in which her performance is still recognized as definitive.
Gregory’s other lead roles include classical performances in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, as well as contemporary works including The Eternal Idol and At Midnight. Giselle is a Ballet by Adolphe Adam. It has 2 acts 2 scenes with a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile The Sleeping Beauty ( Спящая Красавица, Spyashchaya Krasavitsa) is a Ballet in a prologue and three acts Opus 66 by Pyotr Coppélia is a sentimental comic Ballet with original choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon to a ballet libretto by Saint-Léon and Charles Nuitter Don Quixote is a ballet originally staged in four acts and eight scenes based on an episode taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving romantic Ballets There are two versions of the ballet the version choreographed by the Danish At ABT alone, Gregory danced in over eighty works, including over a dozen created for her.
Gregory resigned from ABT in 1991 to pursue a more varied repertoire. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. She continued as a permanent guest artist with Cleveland San Jose Ballet. Ballet San Jose in San Jose California, USA, was founded in 1986 as the "San Jose Cleveland Ballet" a co-venture with the ten-year
Her career included guest performances with leading dance companies of the world, including National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Stuttgart Ballet. The National Ballet of Canada is Canada 's largest Ballet troupe The San Francisco Ballet ( SFB) is a Ballet company, founded in 1933 as part of San Francisco Opera Ballet. The Vienna State Opera Ballet, like the opera company is based at the Vienna State Opera House in Vienna, Austria. National Ballet of Cuba (Ballet Nacional de Cuba, is managed by Cuban Prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and is one of the top ballet Stuttgart Ballet was the first major German Ballet company which rose to fame in the 1960s under Artistic Director John Cranko in Stuttgart. She also appeared with Linda Ronstadt in Ronstadt’s music video of “When You Wish Upon a Star”. Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15 1946 in Tucson Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and Entertainer whose vocal styles in a variety
Gregory presently stages classical ballets, coaches and gives master dance classes for dance companies around the world. Her choreographic works include her solo to Bach’s “Air on the G String,” as well as a two-minute rock video for Campbell's Soup. Campbell Soup Company ( (also known as Campbell's) is a well-known American producer of Canned soups and related products She has been featured in advertising campaigns for American Express (“Do you know me? You know my toes!”), Raytheon, and Rolex. American Express ( sometimes known as " AmEx " or " Amex " is a diversified global Financial services company headquartered in Raytheon Company ( is a major American Defense contractor and industrial corporation with core Manufacturing concentrations in Defense systems Rolex SA is a Swiss manufacturer of Wristwatches and accessories
Since 1991, Gregory has been Chairman of the Board of Career Transition for Dancers, a not-for-profit organization that provides career counseling, scholarships and other vital services to dancers who, for reasons of age or injury, are making a career change.
Gregory was the recipient of the 1975 Dance Magazine Award, honoring her dedication to, and enrichment of, the art of dance. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In 1978 she received the Harkness Ballet Foundation’s first annual Dance Award. She is the only two-time recipient annual awards from Dance Educators of America (1981 and 1988). The New York Public Library designated her a “Lion of the Performing Arts” in 1989. The New York Public Library ( NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world and is one of America's most significant Research libraries. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) She received the lifetime-achievement Certificate of Merit from the National Arts Club in 1991. The National Arts Club is a private club founded in 1898 to "stimulate foster and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts" Hofstra University awarded Gregory an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1993, and she received an honorary doctorate from State University of New York–Purchase College in 1995. Hofstra University is a private Nonsectarian, Coeducational institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempstead and the hamlet of Uniondale
Gregory is the author of Ballet is the Best Exercise (Simon & Schuster, 1986). Her children’s book, Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake, was published in October 1990.
Gregory devotes free time to interpreting her most memorable roles through pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings. Her work has been shown at the gallery at Lincoln Center, the annual art shows of Greenwich and Rowayton, Connecticut, at private art galleries, and on dance posters and CD covers. Greenwich is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America.
Gregory was formerly married to attorney Hilary B. Miller and is the mother of Lloyd Gregory Miller.