Essence, reported November 18, 2018: .
Frances Taylor Davis, the first wife of music legend Miles Davis, died Saturday morning. She was 89.
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“Frances was granted a scholarship at age 16 to study dance at the Dunham Technique in NY with Katherine Dunham. She trained and toured extensively with Dunham’s professional dance company in Europe and South Africa,” according to the family’s press statement. “On the 1948 tour, Frances was recruited for a special presentation to perform with the Paris Opera Ballet. She was the first African American in the history of the company to be invited to perform with the esteemed ballet company.”

She also appeared with Sammy Davis, Jr. in “Porgy And Bess,” “Mr. Wonderful” and “Shinbone Alley,” in addition to appearing with the original cast of “West Side Story” on Broadway.

Despite her immense talent, however, many remember her for her relationship to Miles Davis. The famous musician put her on the cover of his iconic 1961 album “ “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
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Essence, reported September 19, 2018: Arthur Mitchell, Co-Founder Of The Dance Theater Of Harlem, Has Died.
Pioneering dancer and choreographer, Authur Mitchell, died of renal failure on Wednesday morning, according to his niece, Juli Mills-Ross. He was 84.
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NPR, reported August 30, 2018: Paul Taylor, Giant Of Modern Dance, Has Died.
Paul Taylor, one of the most prolific and influential choreographers in the world of modern dance, died Wednesday, Aug. 29. The cause was renal failure, the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation confirmed. He was 88.
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Deadline Hollywood, reported July 13, 2018: Alan Johnson Dies: Mel Brooks ‘Young Frankenstein’ Choreographer Was 81.
Alan Johnson, a three-time Emmy Award winning choreographer whose work spanned Broadway and Hollywood – and included four scenes from Mel Brooks’ comedies that became instant, irreverent classics – died July 7 of Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
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Deadline Hollywood, reported July 15, 2018: Mai Tai Sing Dies: Chinese American Actress & Forbidden City Performer Was 94.
Chinese American actress Mai Tai Sing died on July 11. Sing appeared in numerous films and TV series and was a performer at San Francisco’s legendary Forbidden City nightclub. She was 94.

Sing died in Hawaii after battling heart disease according to the Los Angeles Times. Born Mae Tsang in Oakland on Dec. 22, 1923, Sing’s entertainment career started when she, without any experience in dance, became a chorus girl in Forbidden CIty’s all-Chinese shows in the ’40s.
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Legacy.com, reported July 3, 2018: Gillian Lynne (1926 – 2018) “Cats” choreographer.
Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92.
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Lynne's many credits included the phenomenally successful "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Last month, Lloyd Webber renamed his New London Theatre as The Gillian Lynne Theatre, making it the first in London's theater district named after a woman.
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