Andre Van Damme

December 16, 1919: Dancer Andre Van Damme Born in Belgium

Dec 16, 2018
Andre Van Damme
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / Charleston Ballet

Dancer Andre Van Damme was born in Belgium on December 16, 1919. Shortly after his 16th birthday, he was admitted to the ballet company of the Royal Opera House of Brussels. When his country fell to the Nazis in 1940, Van Damme joined the underground while continuing to perform. 

Courtesy Photo / The Charleston Ballet

The Charleston Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in America.

In a new documentary directed by company member and three time Emmy Award winner, Deborah Novak, dancers, both seasoned and new, share the story of the ballet and its founder, Andre Van Damme.