A Sad Surprise . . . for me


Wilbur Dale Talley, An American Dancer

Published: November 13, 1987 [in the New York Times]

Wilbur Dale Talley, a ballet dancer who performed with the Harkness Ballet and Ballet Internacionale de Caracas, died on Wednesday at the General Hospital South in Maracaibo, Venezuela, from injuries sustained when he was thrown from a horse on Sunday. Mr. Talley, whose stage name was Dale Talley, was 39 years old.

Born in Reidsville, N.C., Mr. Talley trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and at the School of American Ballet in New York. He was a principal dancer with the Harkness Ballet and danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens before joining the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, formerly the International Ballet of Caracas. He also staged ballets for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Berlin State Opera Ballet, where he danced as guest artist. At the time of his death, Mr. Talley was a principal dancer with the Caracas company and its co-director, with Zhandra Rodriguez.

Mr. Talley is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Talley, and a sister, Dale, of Reidsville, N.C.

For Dale . . . bright, live, lanky and blonde . . . we remember you

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