This is exactly why we love Mr. Arpino and why we love the company he created. He made ballet accessible to people, and here he is telling it like it is! You don't have to be rich and sophisticated to like ballet....you just need to be a guy wanting to impress a girl! Listen to the man, he's never ever been wrong!
Born in Staten Island, New York, Gerald Arpino studied ballet with Mary Ann Wells, while stationed with the Coast Guard in Seattle, Washington. Arpino first met Robert Joffrey at Wells's school. He studied modern dance with May O'Donnell in whose company he appeared in the 1950s. In 1956, Arpino was a founding member of the Robert Joffrey Ballet with Robert Joffrey. He served as co-director of the American Ballet Center, the school of the Robert Joffrey Ballet, was resident choreographer for the company, and, in 1965, became co-director of the Joffrey Ballet. After the death of Robert Joffrey in 1988, Arpino became the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet and in 1995 moved the company to Chicago. In July 2007, he was named "Artistic Director Emeritus" as a search for a successor began. Arpino suffered from prostate cancer for seven months and eventually died on October 29, 2008.