|Died||13 February 2020 (aged 81–82)|
|Occupation||Dancer • choreographer • dance teacher • actor|
Ronne Arnold (1938/39 – 13 February 2020) was an American-born Australian dancer, singer and actor.
Arnold was born in Philadelphia but was unsure of his year of birth. He was trained in jazz traditions by his family, and his first dance teacher, Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, taught him American modern dance styles at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. In 1959, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in dance from the University of the Arts.
In 1960, Arnold joined the touring cast of West Side Story in Australia, and before he returned to the United States, he was offered a role in The Most Happy Fella, and remained in Australia permanently. He became a renowned teacher of jazz and modern dance, and choreographed dance sequences for Sydney's Chequers nightclub. He was founder and artistic director of the Contemporary Dance Company of Australia from 1967 to 1972, and academic course director at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association from 1986 to 2003. After completing a master's degree at the University of Sydney, he began teaching at the Wesley Institute.
In August 2013, Arnold was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Australian Dance Awards. He also worked as a television actor, appearing in recurring roles on Number 96 and Holiday Island.
Arnold died on 13 February 2020 at Blue Mountains Hospital in Katoomba, New South Wales.
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