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C DeLavallade- bio/ Carmen de Lavallade was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles by her aunt. She studied dance as a young child, and at 16 received a scholarship to study with Lester Horton. Possessing physical beauty, elegance, and technical polish, de Lavallade entranced audiences with the sensual quality of her dancing. The first of many roles Horton created for her was Salome in "The Face of Violence." De Lavallade appeared in four movies, including CARMEN JONES (1955). During the filming, she met Herbert Ross, who asked her to appear as a dancer in the Broadway musical "House of Flowers" (1954), which he choreographed. During that engagement in 1955, de Lavallade met and married the dancer and actor Geoffrey Holder. She danced with Donald McKayle (1964), and appeared in Agnes deMille's 1965 American Ballet Theater productions of "The Four Marys" and "The Frail Quarry."

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