Dancer Amy-Cordero dies at 28

Former Ballet Idaho dancer Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero died June 27 in what appears to be a suicide in his Eugene, Ore. home. He was 28.

Amy-Cordero danced with the combined Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet companies and made his home in Boise from 2002 to 2008 when the companies ended their 14-year alliance.

He was promoted to principal in 2007. After moving to Eugene in 2008 he married principal ballerina Jennifer Martin, who is now the company’s ballet mistress.

Small in stature, he was a powerhouse of energy, flexibility and strength on stage. He appeared to fly with every leap, could turn like mad and stood out in every production, becoming an audience favorite in productions such as the annual “Nutcracker,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Princess and the Pea,” pictured (2006)

"Princess and the Pea"

Amy-Cordero grew up in Boston, Mass. He studied dance at the Boston and San Francisco ballet schools, and performed in Boston before coming to Idaho.

A memorial for Amy-Cordero was held in Eugene on July 2.

Read Bob Keiffer’s story in the Eugene Register-Guard.

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