Robert Ivey, a prominent artistic director and founder of the Robert Ivey Ballet in Charleston, died today after suffering from a long illness. Ivey was known for his dominant role in the Charleston arts industry. He was a dancer, choreographer and artistic director–while serving Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA for years.
Ivey has a long list of credits–as he won awards for a role on Broadway’s “West Side Story.” The ballet school founder was most recently known for his direction of the South of Broadway Theatre Company, and directing the College of Charleston’s first ever opera, “Many Moons.”
Ivey was born in Australia in the 1930s.