Het is vandaag ook al tien jaar geleden dat Flick Colby is gestorven aan borstkanker. Deze Amerikaanse danseres was lid van de Engelse Pan’s People, het huisballet van Top of the Pops in de jaren zestig en zeventig.

Felicity Isabelle “Flick” Colby was een Amerikaanse danser en choreograaf die vooral bekend was als stichtend lid en de choreograaf van de Britse dansgroep Pan’s People, die van 1968 tot 1976 een vaste waarde was in de BBC 1-chartshow Top of the Pops.

Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, her father was Thomas E. Colby, Professor of German at Hamilton College in upstate New York. As a child, Colby lived in Clinton and later in Massachusetts. Educated at a school in New Hampshire and Abbot Academy (Andover, Massachusetts), she began attending ballet and other dance classes in Boston and performed in musicals before travelling to London in 1966.

Colby was a founding member in December 1966 of Pan’s People. After a few changes of line up, by December 1967 the troupe comprised Dee Dee Wilde, Babs Lord, Louise Clarke, Andrea Rutherford and Ruth Pearson. Their earliest BBC television appearance was in 1968 on The Bobbie Gentry Show. Other BBC series followed, including Happening For Lulu in 1969 as well as The Price of Fame starring Georgie Fame and Alan Price. They first appeared on Top of the Pops in April 1968, and became a regular weekly feature in January 1970. They appeared on several other BBC programmes including The Two Ronnies.

After 1971, Colby concentrated on choreography for Pan’s People, and then from 1976 with new troupes she put together for TOTP Legs & Co. managed by former Pan’s People dancer Ruth Pearson. She also choreographed the rock musical Catch My Soul, and co-wrote an instructional book, Let’s Go Dancing (1979).

For a few years after Colby’s tenure with Top of the Pops, Colby split her time between her family’s home town of Clinton, New York and London, but eventually chose to settle down in Clinton, where she lived the remainder of her life. She owned and operated a gift shop.

Colby married three times: first to writer Robert Marasco, then to James Ramble in 1967, and finally in 2003 to George Bahlke, a professor of literature at Hamilton College.

In the last years of her life, Colby had breast cancer and died at her home in Clinton in May 2011, aged 65, some four months after the death of her husband, George Bahlke. (Wikipedia)

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