Harold Christensen, a Brigham City native who directed the San Francisco Ballet school for 33 years, died at his home on Monday. He was 84.
Mr. Christensen and his brothers, Willam and Lew, received the Dance Magazine Award in 1973 and the Capezio Annual Dance Award in 1984.The Capezio award called the three "western pioneers," saying they "grew out of American vernacular dance" and "made ballet prosper wherever they settled."
Willam Christensen was the founder of the San Francisco Ballet while Lew Christensen was the company's artistic director. Lew Christensen's "Filling Station" is generally considered to be the first all-American ballet.
Harold Christensen was born in Brigham City and studied dance with his uncle, Peter, in Salt Lake City. He later studied with George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet in New York.
Christensen, who retired in 1975, leaves his brother, Willam of Salt Lake City, his wife, Ruby, and a son, Harold, of San Anselmo.