Catherine Prendergast posted a Condolence
| December 27, 2020
Was a wee student in Nansi's classes in the 1970s at ABT. I have never respected or revered any teacher more than her. I wish I had taken more of her great advice.
Emily Finer posted a Condolence
| January 31, 2019
My sympathy for your loss. Miss Clement was my first ballet teacher at American Ballet Theatre in the Level B class. She would come in with her leotard and matching skirt (the baby blue color mostly - maybe because that was the leotard color for the class) and was always very serious. From my child's point of view I remember the barre work was long, the center part short but....she always gave something fun moving across the floor and I always left her class on a high note. They day I learned the Makurka step was memorable indeed. I carry her legacy by making sure all my lower level classes leave on a high note too by giving them something freeing and fun across the floor. She pushed for me to have the "Pink Girl" costume in ABT's Petrushka one year and I got to perform at the Met! Year later I cought up with her while she taught at the 92nd Street Y and I was fortunate enough to have some chats with her as an adult. I treasure those classes I had with her and know I was very fortunate.
Shauna Carter-Rodriguez posted a Condolence
| January 09, 2018
My Condolences to you all.
Madame Clement was one of my favorite teachers at ABT.
I was one of only 3 or 4 black female students.
I was moved to the NY Ballet Theatre and went to USDAN.
When I auditioned for Performing Arts HS I was judged by Madame Clement. I had not seen her in many years. She was so disappointed in how I had not trained enough for my audition.
It made me go back into serious training and a few months of private lessons with her. She never let me give up or be discouraged.
I will miss her, but pass along what I learned to my children.
She was a remarkable teacher and friend.
Thank you for allowing her to share her time with all of us.