Dorothy “Dolly” Wydell Ventre, precision dancer and choreographer at New York’s Roxy Theater during the 1930s and ’40s, died May 11 at her home in Queens Village, N.Y. She was 86.
Born in Hartford, Conn., Ventre came to New York in 1932 to pursue a career in dance. In addition to her work with the Roxy, she designed routines for Billy Rose’s Aquacade during the 1939 New York World’s Fair and worked with several touring dance companies.
After marrying Frank Ventre, music director at the Roxy, in 1942, she devoted herself to raising their family, but sustained her love of dance by working as the registrar for the Long Island Institute of Music and on the office staff of both Selva Shoes and Taffy’s.
She is survived by her sister, three sons and five grandchildren.