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Elaine Kudo

Elaine Kudo was raised in New York City, received her early ballet training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, later spent six years at the School of American Ballet, and was a scholarship student at the American Ballet Theatre School. Ms. Kudo was a member of American Ballet Theatre from 1975–1989, and was promoted to soloist in 1981. She danced soloist and principal roles in a wide range of works mostly in the contemporary repertory. She has worked with choreographers Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Eugene Loring and Sir. Kenneth MacMillan on featured roles in their ballets, and has had roles created for her by Twyla Tharp, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Choo San Gogh, and David Gordon. In 1982, Ms. Kudo performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, in a group assembled to recreate the Jerome Robbins Company Ballet USA. She also toured extensively during the summer seasons as a member of Baryshnikov & Co. from 1983–1986, and was Mr. Baryshnikov’s partner in Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove in the PBS Great Performances special “Baryshnikov by Tharp.” In 1987–88, she joined the Tharp Dance Co. for a national tour and tour of Australia and New Zealand. Directly after her retirement from the stage in 1990, Ms. Kudo began staging the works of Twyla Tharp, both nationally and abroad, with seven pieces in rotation, she continues to be one of the primary stagers of Tharp repertory.