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Frederic Franklin, who performed well into his 90s, is being remembered today.
Known simply as “Freddie” the ballet world, Franklin got his start in dance in his native England.
But he became a star with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and his famed partnership with Russian prima ballerina Alexandra Danilova, who upon meeting him warned him “Young man, if you are going to dance with me, you must learn where my curves are.” As the New York Times in its obituary today put it, he did learn, and they danced together for many years. His charm, grace and good humor were on display at Jacob’s Pillow in 2006 when Here & Now‘s Lynn Menegon sat down with him.