Ballet Dancer, Deceased Person
1943 – 2014
Who was Ivan Nagy?
Nagy met his wife, the Australian ballerina Marilyn Burr at the National Ballet. After three years with the National Ballet, Nagy danced for one season, in 1968, with the New York City Ballet. By July 1968, he had moved to Ballet Theater, He established partnerships with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland and Cynthia Gregory at Ballet Theater and on tour with Dame Margot Fonteyn. Nagy retired from Ballet Theater in New York at the age of 35 in 1978.
In 1980, he embarked on a second career as an artistic director of the Ballet de Santiago in Chile from 1982 to 1986 and artistic director of the Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet from 1986 to 1989. From 1990 to 1993, he was artistic director of the English National Ballet before returning to the Ballet de Santiago for several years. He had been working during the past year as artistic adviser to the Hungarian State Opera House Ballet.