Dancer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director. Duncan MacGillivray studied with June Roper and Dorothy Wilson before joining Ballet Theatre (now American Ballet Theatre) in 1941, when he assumed the name Duncan Noble. During his two years with the company he worked with prominent choreographers such as Mikhail Fokine, Mikhail Mordkin, Leonide Massine, Anton Dolin and others. After his resignation, he went on to work as a dancer in Broadway musicals with choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Michael Kidd and Helen Tamiris. He joined the Valerie Bettis ensemble and formed a long-term professional relationship with Bettis, achieving acclaim in her dance dramas Yerma and As I Lay Dying. During his time in musical theatre he kept up with his ballet classes, and in 1949 joined Serge Denham's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, where he danced with Alexandra Danilova. In 1965 he accepted the position of assistant dean of the School of Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he became a renowned teacher with authority on partnering and the male technique, before retiring in 1993. Noble's talents as a choreographer and teacher were valued internationally; he was head of the Pittsburgh Playhouse for four years and frequently travelled to teach at Nederlands Dans Theater and Hungarian National Ballet School.
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