Autobiography of Lolita San Miguel
“I was born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents on October 9, 1934 and when I was 3 years old we moved to Puerto Rico. There I started studying dance at age 7 and loved it. When I was 11 we traveled to New York so I could attend the summer courses at the School of American Ballet. My father died of a heart attack 4 days after we arrived and my mother decided to remainin New York. I trained in ballet at the School of American Ballet and also studied other forms of dance such as Spanish, Modern and Jazz, as well as piano. I graduated in 1952 from Performing Arts High School, a wonderful school that pioneered the concept of combining the arts with a formal education.
Upon graduation I joined the Slavenska – Franklin Ballet Company and toured the U.S. on a bus for 48 weeks doing mostly one night stands. It was a wonderful experience for a young dancer. I was also a member of the Robert Joffrey Ballet and the Ben Harkarvy Ballet Companies. Both Robert Joffrey and Ben Harkarvy had been my teachers at Performing Arts High School. Among the many places I performed, I often danced at Jacob’s Pillow in Lenox, Mass. Jacob’s Pillow would become more meaningful to my life since Ted Shawn, the center’s Director, was a good friend of Joseph Pilates who taught there often. The company that I founded Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico would also perform at The Pillow many, many years later…»
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