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Chita Rivera: A Life in Pictures

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The dancer Chita Rivera, who “dazzled audiences for practically seven a long time as a Puerto Rican lodestar of the American musical theater,” has died at 91. Her affect may be seen in lots of Broadway productions over time, together with “West Facet Story” (1957), “Bye Bye Birdie” (1960), “Chicago” (1975) and “Kiss of the Spider Girl” (1993).

As Anita in “West Facet Story,” she took “a component equal to the nurse within the Shakespeare play,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in his evaluation for The New York Occasions.

She labored with the choreographers Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, the composer Leonard Bernstein, the songwriting workforce of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and the playwright Terrence McNally, amongst others.

Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 1933, she was a fast research. After auditioning, she received a scholarship to George Balanchine’s College of American Ballet in Manhattan, and lived with household within the Bronx. She wrote in her autobiography, “Chita: A Memoir,” that she handled the overwhelmingly white areas she discovered herself in by becoming a class clown. Her emotions of being an outsider lessened on Broadway however persevered.

Her ballet coaching stayed together with her. “Her finesse comes within the gracious method she exhibits each angle of her physique, the eye to épaulement — the carriage of the arms and shoulders — all of the whereas speaking up house,” Gia Kourlas writes. “Dancing massive and with intention.”

Listed below are a number of pictures from her outstanding life onstage.