Cage 541: Five questions with Eugene Ballet’s Toni Pimble
By Destiny Alvarez for The Register-Guard
5 November 2019
From the time Toni Pimble was 8 years old, ballet has been her life.
As a child Pimble, now the art[istic] director of Eugene Ballet, grew up in Camberley in Surry, England, near London and developed a love of music from her parents, who enjoyed playing classical music. She was incredibly energetic and when her parents put her in ballet classes as an outlet, dance became her everything.
The path led her to a professional performing arts school where she studied classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and even forms of classical Indian dance. After graduation she joined a classical ballet company in Kiel, Germany, and later danced with companies in Germany for many years. She eventually met Riley Grannan, lifelong Eugene-area resident, and the pair founded the Eugene Ballet Company in 1978.
While she no longer performs, Pimble has helped build the Eugene Ballet Company’s reputation of artistic excellence throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Read the full article in The Register-Guard.
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