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Musical Choreographer Jerome Robbins

Stage Name

Birth Name

Jerome Robbins

Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz

    Jerome's parents were Russian Jewish Immigrates from Poland to the US in 1904. Jerome Robbins was a dancer and American Musical choreographer as well as a Ballet choreographer. As a young boy, Jerome who showed an early aptitude for music, dancing, and theatrics, attended schools in Weehawken and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1935.

    Jerome attended college for a brief period and later his sister Sonia, who had already danced professionally with Irma Duncan and Senya Gluck-Sandor’s Dance Center, got him an apprenticeship with Sandor’s company. This was to be his calling.

    Robbins began his career dancing in 1937 in musical comedy , and and by 1940 he joined the Ballet Theater. In 1949 Robbins became associate artistic director and from 1983 to 1990 he was Co-Ballet master in chief ( With Peter Martins.) at the New York City Ballet.

   In May, 1953, Robbins was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He admitted to having belonged to the American Communist Party's Theatrical Transient Group between 1943 and 1947, and also named eight colleagues as members.

Won five Tony and two special Oscar awards.

Birth Place

Birth Date



New York City 10/11/1918 - 7/29/1998 n/a  n/a 

Dance Types

Dance Partners, Etc.

Music Titles

Ballet Ella Daganova n/a
Ballroom Eugene Loring      
Jazz Gene Kelly      
Modern Irma Duncan      
      Senya Gluck-Sandor      

Night Clubs



Tamiment ( The PA. Pocono's) Yiddish Art Theatre 1937 - Brothers Ashkenazi ( First Dance)
      92nd Street YMHA (NY) 1938 - Great Lady
      New York World’s Fair 1939 - Stars in Your Eyes
      NY Ballet Theater 1939 - The Straw Hat Revue
      Metropolitan Opera House 1940 - Keep Off The Grass
            1944 - Fancy Free
            1944 - On The Town
            1946 - Billion Dollar Baby
            1947 - High Button Shoes
            1948 - Look, Ma, I’m Dancin’
            1948 - That’s the Ticket
            1951 - King and I
            1954 - Peter Pan
            1957 - West Side Story
            1964 - Fiddler on the Roof
            Three Virgins and a Devil




Stars on Your Eyes 1955 - Peter Pan (chor) $ Dance with Demons (bio)
$1949 - On The Town [ DVD] 1993 - Gypsy (chor) $ Robbins - Broadway Man...
$1961 - West Side Story (chor) [ DVD] Ford 50th Anniversary Show   9/15/1958 - Time Magazine
$1956 - King and I (chor) [ DVD]            
$1971 - Fiddler on the Roof (chor) [ DVD]            
Comme les oiseaux (chor)            

NOTE: Link -- Jerome Robbins Trust

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