The Ballet is immensely saddened by the loss of our much-loved general manager, Lawrence "Larry" Hathaway Brantley. Larry
passed away peacefully at Cayuga Medical Center on February 14, 2006, from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer.
Larry was a true Renaissance man: a writer, artist, gourmet cook, dancer, choreographer of fascinating and very original
ballets. He knew all kinds of music, from medieval chants through classical to rock and reggae. He sang in his school choir,
and his first paid job was as a singer.
Having spent childhood summers on the farm in Connecticut of his mother's cousin, a landscape artist, Larry knew and grew
house plants. He was an expert tailor and made his own jackets. His leather work won prizes at the New York State craft fair,
at which he was later judge of leather works.
As a young adult, while studying dance at the Ithaca Ballet School, he waited tables and made many friends in the restaurant
business. Within four years, he became the lead male dancer in the Ithaca Ballet, won honors as male dancer and as choreographer
at the Northeast Regional Ballet festivals. He was grabbed into the professional dance world by the Uris/Bahr dancers and
joined the Garden State Ballet in New Jersey. Returning home to Ithaca, Larry became general manager of the Ithaca Ballet
and instructor in the school. He was a favorite instructor of many students at the school. As general manager, he brought
the Ithaca Ballet on tour to many venues in Upstate New York. His love of the Ithaca Ballet was shown in the several tasks
he did beyond his position as general manager. During his tenure as employee and volunteer, the Ithaca Ballet grew greatly
in quality and prestige. Several associates are stepping in to share Larry's tasks until replacements can be found.