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dancer , publisher , author , insurance company executive

Robert Edward Brassel, dancer, American insurance company executive. Achievements include issuing first disability coverage for professional dancers, American International Group, NYC 1991; creating first adult ballet class for health clubs, Boston Sports Club 1996. Author, ALWAYS a DANCER, A Memoir 2006, AAD Distributing and BALLET for ADULTS, the physical and psychological benefits 2009, AAD Distributing


Brassel, Robert Edward was born on November 3, 1944 in Chicago.


Amherst Central High School , Snyder NY 1958-1962.

Joffrey Ballet School 1963-1966

United States Army, Special 5th class 1966-68


Charter member Joffrey Ballet, New York City, 1965. United States Army Specialist 5th class 1966-68 American Ballet Theatre, 1968—1972. Soloist Harkness Ballet, 1974—1975.

Principal dancer 1976—1980 London Festival Ballet, Ballet International, Ballet du Wallonie, ballet master Basel Ballet, Basel, Switzerland, 1979—1980. Co-director Ballet Virginia, The Dance Academy, Newport News, Virginia, 1981—1987.

Artist in residence Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts, 1987, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1988. Faculty School Boston Ballet, 1988-9. Sales representative Sun Life Canada, Waltham,MA 1989—1997.

President Insurance Planning, Wakefield, 1997-present


  • Achievements include: choreographed fourteen ballets and three full- length productions, created disability insurance coverage for professional dancers. Created Adult Ballet Class for Health Cub industry. Authored two books,: Always a Dancer a Memoir (2006) and Ballet for Adults, the physical and psychological benefits (2009)


  • Other Interests

    Horticultural, construction.


Son of Laurence James and Frances Judith (Smith) Brassel. Married Linda Rose DiBona, August 18, 1973. 1 child, Matthew Robert.

Laurence James

Frances Judith (Smith) Brassel

Linda Rose DiBona

Matthew Robert