Jacqueline Pavlich-Carron

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1945 - 2013 Jacqueline Pavlich, dancer, choreographer, teacher of Ballet and member of the dance faculty at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, passed away on November 30, at her home in Los Angeles. She was a "war daughter," born in Portsmouth (UK) in 1945 to Eddie Pavlich, a GI stationed in Europe, and Jeannette Rausis, a young Swiss woman who spent the war years in the UK. Jacqueline grew up and attended school in Eureka, California where she started her ballet training at 3 years old. Ms. Pavlich was trained in the United States, London, Paris, Cannes, and Geneva. She started dancing professionally in Europe with the Rosella Hightower Company (Cannes) and then in California, with Pacific Ballet of San Francisco, the San Francisco Opera, and, as Principal Artist, with the Oakland Ballet Company. Her work as a choreographer began in Oxford (UK) where she staged and choreographed for theater, musical theater, and various Shakespearean productions for University Colleges. After receiving her teaching credentials as an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, she worked throughout Europe and in the United States as teacher, choreographer, ballet mistress and private coach. In Los Angeles, she taught at a number of dance studios, including the Dupree Dance Academy, Ballet Petit (La Ca¿ada), Edge Performing Arts, and Hama's Dance Center. From 1987 to 1997, she was Director of her own dance academy, the School of Ballet Arts, in West Los Angeles before being hired by USC in 2001. She was an inspiration to her students who found in her the challenge of a demanding teacher with a sympathetic ear but ultimately a professional artist to emulate. She loved gardening and was an avid reader. One of her great pleasures was cooking, and her gourmet table was famous among her friends. She is survived by her husband, Jean-Claude Carron, professor of French at UCLA in Los Angeles, her mother, Jeannette Pavlich, of Eureka, California, her brother Gerry Pavlich and wife Kathy, of Eureka, her sister Tootsie Caldwell and husband, Wes, of Windsor, California, her brother-in-law, Michel Carron and wife Chantal, of Switzerland, her uncle Michel Rausis and his wife, Annie, of Switzerland, her aunt Bernadette Gabioud-Rausis, of Switzerland, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, and former students, in the United States and Europe. We would like to thank the UCLA doctors, their medical and administrative staffs, especially the Department of Urology, and Companion Hospice, for all the care and support provided to Jacqueline and her family. A memorial service in her honor will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please mail your contribution in memory of Jacqueline to: Institute for Urologic Oncology, UCLA Department of Urology, 924 Westwood Blvd., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, or visit http://giving.ucla.edu/urology.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 8, 2013
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