Private services will be held.
Donations may be made to the James Moore Scholarship fund at UWSP.
Shuda Funeral Homes in Stevens Point and Plover assisted with arrangements. Condolences may offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Moore was born Dec. 12, 1930, in Muncie, Ind.
He was a Broadway and ballet dancer, choreographer and university professor.
He started his theatrical career tap dancing with his identical twin brother, Bob, at age 3. He studied with Bently Stone and Walter Camryn in Chicago. He performed in Paris with Ruth Pages’ Ballets Americain in 1950. Later that year he did his first Broadway show, “Seventeen.” He was a performer in nine Broadway musicals; from “Seventeen” to “The Apple Tree.”
He was the first American director of the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden, and brought the company to the United States for its first American tour.
He had a four-decade association with Jerome Robbins. He was as a dancer in Robbins’ “Ballets U.S.A.” in Spoleto, Italy, and then on Broadway. He was Riff in the first revival of “West Side Story” at New York’s City Center. He was assistant to Robbins’ during the creation of “Les Noces” for American Ballet Theatre.
He worked with Robbins’ during the casting and creation of Jerome Robbins’ “Broadway,” and worked with New York City Ballet to recreate “Les Noces” for that company. He was also a member of Robbins’ American Theatre Lab and recreated “Les Noces” for Ballet Companies around the world, from La Scala, Milan, to Finland.
Mr. Moore served as ballet master with American Ballet Theatre, where he worked as regisseur for the Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey and Leonide Massine ballets.
He also worked as a director and choreographer. He choreographed “New Faces of 1962” and was assistant choreographer to “Drat the Cat.” He directed companies of “The Apple Tree,” “Fiddler” and “The Rink.” He also choreographed short ballets for ABT’s touring company.
In 1975 he joined the faculty of UWSP, where he developed its dance department into a national showpiece. He retired professor emeritus in 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Martin Moore; two sons, Eric (Judith Ingram) Moore and Christopher Moore; one brother, Tom Moore; and seven grandchildren, Zoe, Emma, Violet, Saffron, Rayne, Maveric and Stryder.
He was also preceded one brother, Robert Moore.