In Loving Memory of Alan Woodard

October 20, 1935
London, England
June 30, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


CT Dance School

Memorial Gathering Celebrating Alan's Life

42 Halley Court,
CT 06825

Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.


Family Gathering


Alan Woodard Scholarship Fund

C/O CT Dance School,
42 Halley Court,
CT 06825

Alan Woodard

Alan Woodard, internationally known dancer, teacher, choreographer and dance historian died on June 30, 2019, at the Carolton Convalescent Home in Fairfield, Connecticut. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease. Alan was born on October 20, 1935 in London, England. His parents were George John Woodard and Nellie Irene Bacon Woodard. During World War II, he was evacuated to Woodwalton, Huntingtonshire where he lived with a vicar and his wife. In London, he began his dance training with Miss Kathleen Crofton, and in a remarkably short time was hired by Festival Ballet (now known as English National Ballet). During his six years with Festival Ballet, he met his future life companion, Charles Dickson. During his life Alan traveled the globe performing and teaching. He danced with the Ballet Municipal de Santiago and the National Chilean Ballet Company, where he was also Ballet Master. In England, Alan was Chairman of the Ballet Department at the Arts Educational Trust where he also taught and choreographed. Back home he also obtained the Advanced Teachers Certificate with Honors from the Royal Academy of Dancing. In Russia, he studied the six year Vaganova Pedagological syllabus. In the US with Charles Dickson, Alan directed the Metropolitan Ballet Company and School in Bethesda, MD and the Ballet Mississippi Company and School in Jackson, MS. In June 1993, Alan became Director of Connecticut Dance School in Fairfield, CT. He taught advanced classes, adult classes, boys class and choreographed numerous ballets for various concerts and productions including the full “Nutcracker" performed every December. He also supervised wardrobe, designed sets and costumes, and oversaw all of the school's productions. Alan continued to do this until his illness caused him to retire in March, 2018. A memorial gathering for his family and friends will be celebrated on Sunday, August 4 th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at CT Dance School, 42 Halley Court, Fairfield, CT 06825. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alan Woodard Scholarship Fund via CT Dance School.

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  1. Mr. Woodard will be remembered fondly. He pushed me to be my best and I am so thankful for that.

    • I was so sorry to learn that Alan Woodard had left the stage. He was an inspiration for me and truly enabled me to become the dancer that I was. I did not learn about his passing until today and hope that my condolences will still be passed on.

  2. An inspirational teacher, he helped me to fulfill my full potential and become a leading dancer. So pleased that I spoke to him a few years ago…..sincere condolences

  3. Alan Woodard believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. He refused to give up on me. Finally the light came on in my head. Because of him I got to accompany so many great dancers in ballet class and on stage. You never forget those acts of kindness.