Janet Reed

Former ballet dancer and teacher Janet Reed, who influenced generations of ballet dancers through her performances and teaching, died Feb. 28 of a stroke in Seattle. She was 83.

Reed came to prominence in 1939 when she starred in the San Francisco Opera Ballet’s “Swan Lake.” She went on to dance for American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet.

In 1974, she began a two-year stint as artistic director for the Pacific Northwest Dance Co., which evolved into Pacific Northwest Ballet. She resigned the position in 1976 but later returned to teach the company.

After dancing with New York City Ballet in the 1950s, she became the company’s ballet mistress, coaching such stars as Edward Villella, Allegra Kent and Patricia McBride.

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