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Interview by John Evans

The founder of the Oakland Ballet, Ronn Guidi, died on Thanksgiving day at the age of 85. He was an Oakland native, attended public schools, and graduated from Cal Berkeley. Guidi wanted to dance from a young age. 

For more of the life and legacy of Ron Guidi, KCBS News Anchor John Evans spoke with Ron Thiele, a colleague and friend of Ronn Guidi for over 30 years.

Appreciation: Choreographer Ronn Guidi somehow turned Oakland into a ballet town

By Andrew Gilbert | Correspondent, East Bay Times
December 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. | UPDATED: December 7, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.

From left to right: Ronn Guidi in his Oakland Ballet Studio (late 1970s or early 1980s); Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa, right, looks at dancer Joy Gim while getting direction from Guidi during rehearsal for The Nutcracker in Oakland, Calif. (1994); Guidi works with a student during class in Oakland, Calif. (2007).

Ronn Guidi, visionary founder of Oakland Ballet Company who once cast Tony La Russa in ‘The Nutcracker,’ dies at 85

By Sam Whiting
San Francisco Chronicle
Dec. 2, 2021 | Updated: Dec. 2, 2021 3:50 p.m.