Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride
McBride in Balanchine's Jewels, 1967
Born (1942-08-23) August 23, 1942
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Occupation ballerina, teacher
Years active 1959–1989
Spouse(s) Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, 2014

Patricia McBride (born August 23, 1942 in Teaneck, New Jersey) is a ballerina[1] who spent nearly 30 years dancing with the New York City Ballet.

McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959. She became a principal in 1961, making her the company’s youngest principal. In the 30 years she spent dancing with the company she had numerous roles created for her by A Midsummer Night's Dream; Tarantella; Colombine in Harlequinade; the ballerina role in the Intermezzo of the Brahms–Schoenberg Quartet; Rubies; Who Cares? ("The Man I Love" pas de deux and "Fascinatin' Rhythm" solo); Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée; Swanilda in Coppélia; Pavane; the paper ballerina in The Steadfast Tin Soldier; the Pearly Queen in Union Jack and the "Voices of Spring" section of Vienna Waltzes.

Jerome Robbins created roles for McBride in Dances at a Gathering (pink), In the Night (third nocturne), The Goldberg Variations, The Four Seasons (fall) and Opus 19/The Dreamer, among other ballets. McBride was featured in the documentary film A Portrait of Giselle.

McBride was honored with a special performance of the City Ballet on June 4, 1989 at the New York State Theater at New York City's Lincoln Center on her retirement.[2]

McBride was recognized on December 7, 2014, as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

McBride is the Associate Artistic Director and Master Teacher of Charlotte Ballet. She, her husband Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and two children reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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