Gerald ArpinoFounder and Artistic Director, the Joffrey Ballet
Gerald Arpino established The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in 1995 to carry on the traditions and legacy of The Joffrey Ballet, which he co-founded with Robert Joffrey in 1956 and for which he served as associate director for many years. Upon Joffrey's death in 1988, Arpino succeeded him as artistic director.
A leading dancer with the company in its early years, Arpino choreographed his first works for The Joffrey, Ropes and Partita for Four, in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he became The Joffrey's resident choreographer and, to date, has created more than one-third of the company's original repertoire.
The late Walter Terry said, "He introduced a synthesis of torso-oriented modern movement with classical ballet that was a special quality he gave to ballet.