ROSS-PARKES-Obituary

ROSS PARKES

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PARKES--Ross. Dancer, choreographer and Master Teacher, Ross Parkes age 79, died on August 5, 2019 at his home in Greenwich Village, New York City. His aesthetic nature made him a fixture at the Taipei National University of the Performing Arts in Taiwan where he taught for 20 years, and received...

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Fifty years ago, after a class at the Graham School, Ross asked me to dance, with him and Daniel Maloney, in Mary Anthony's company. My first dance job! In the following months, he taught me what it means to be a dancer. His insightful words, passionate dancing and generosity of spirit will always be remembered.

From Mary Anthony's choreography of Ross Parkes "In the Beginning"

Ross Parkes was a very special person in my life. Dancing in Mary Anthony's Dance Theatre with Ross was inspirational. I loved watching Ross in class and from the wings backstage. It is impossible to believe that he is no longer here, as also Mary Anthony. Ross, I am sure you are dancing in the light!!!!

Mary Anthony and Ross Parkes 1980 following a performance

Ross contributed his life to art and humanity. He practiced what he believed faithfully and gracefully. Although he passed away, Ross Parkes will always be missed.

How wonderful he was. How missed he is.

One of my favorite pieces that I performed in my years with the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre was Ross's Tides. Thank you for the beauty, Ross, and blessings for your journey.

My dearest teacher Ross, l just can't imagine you are gone. Wherever you are, we will meet each other in heaven. Have wonderful trip now.

He has and will always be in my heart. He mentored me through my first years with Graham and helped me navigate the difficulties of developing into an artist. Always grateful for his support, knowledge, caring and vision.
He was one of the great male dancers of the 20th century.

Without a doubt, Ross was one of the finest, purest, exacting directors, performers and teachers of modern dance we were privileged to know. His standards were an inspiration to me and so many others. Working with Ross and dancing his choreography was life changing . Those of us privileged enough to know and work with him will will always love him.
My condolences to his family and dear friends who also loved him.