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NDTC's Barry Moncrieffe dies at 78

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Moncrieffe... was diagnosed with colon cancer about four years ago.

Veteran member of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Barry Moncrieffe has died.

He was 78.

Moncrieffe passed away at home about 7 p.m. surrounded by family and friends.

He had been battling colon cancer for about four years.

He leaves behind three sisters.

After 55 years in the business, Moncrieffe's last officiating event as NDTC's artistic director was in December 2017.

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Hilary Phillips, deputy chairman of the NDTC, characterised the late dancer and choreographer as an icon.

“He taught many of the dancers who have now become stars and dancers in their own right. ... He himself was a beautiful dancer,” she said.

Moncrieffe took over the artistic baton for the NDTC after the death of Rex Nettleford and helped the dance company to continue thriving.

READ: NDTC at fifty

The artistic director spent almost his entire dance career working with the NDTC and became a full member within the first year of the  company's formation in 1962.

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