Choreographer Carol Bartlett, artistic director of the dance department at Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute, died at her home on Saturday evening while in hospice care following treatment for cancer, the institute announced today. She was 67.
Born in England, Bartlett studied there and in Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she initiated and chaired the dance department at USC's Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Bartlett joined Peabody Dance in 1988, planning, teaching, and serving as chief choreographer for its productions.
Members of the Peabody community were notified of Bartlett's death earlier today in a message from Carolee Stewart, dean of the Preparatory; ?Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute?; and Melissa Stafford, chair of the Dance Department.
"Ms. Bartlett had a great impact on dance at Peabody as well as the entire Institute," the message said. "She was brilliantly creative, and she brought tremendous passion and intensity to everything she did. Under her guidance, Peabody Dance has become one of the premier programs in this area, focusing on developing young dancers in ballet and contemporary dance."
Services are private. A public celebration of her life will take place this spring; further details will be announced at a later date.
At the request of her two daughters, donations in Bartlett's memory may be made online and designated for the Peabody Dance general gift fund, a Peabody Dance scholarship, the Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, or the Peabody Dance Centennial in 2014-2015.
Read more at peabody.jhu.edu.