The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Saratoga Springs, NY - On June 15, 2019, Phyl­lis Threase Latin, af­fec­tion­ately known to many as Madame, passed away peace­fully at her home sur­rounded by fam­ily. Madame was born in the state of Kansas on June 16, 1930. At the age of 18, she left home to study dance at the School of Amer­i­can Bal­let in New York, which led to her per­form­ing in var­i­ous Euro­pean and Amer­i­can dance com­pa­nies. Upon re­turn­ing to New York, she taught dance in Man­hat­tan and opened a dance stu­dio in Brook­lyn. In 1968, she and her fam­ily moved to Saratoga Springs where she opened the Amer­i­can Dance Cen­ter. Though Madame was pas­sion­ate about teach­ing dance and was a men­tor to many stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, her men­tor­ship and her in­flu­ence tran­scended dance. She in­spired, en­cour­aged, loved and be­lieved in peo­ple. She set a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence and dis­ci­pline in all who came her way. Most im­por­tantly, she ex­em­pli­fied un­con­di­tional love. Among the gen­er­a­tions of dancers Madame taught, through­out the US and Canada, many went on to achieve il­lus­tri­ous ca­reers. Some be­came mem­bers of the World Fa­mous Rock­ettes, oth­ers com­peted on tele­vi­sion shows like “Danc­ing with the Stars”, while still oth­ers joined pro­fes­sional tour­ing com­pa­nies and danced un­der the bright lights of Broad­way. Fol­low­ing in her grace­ful foot­steps, count­less of Madame’s stu­dents are cur­rently teach­ing dance through­out the world; pass­ing down her wis­dom to the dancers of to­mor­row and keep­ing her legacy alive for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Phyl­lis Latin is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Doreen Ben­ton (Philip) and Blake Latin Badolato (Lou), her grand­chil­dren Amanda Bud­nik (Yolanda), Blake Lowe (Peter), Josiah Parker, Jor­dan Parker (Lark) and Bethany O’Leary (Pa­trick) as well as her great grand­chil­dren, Hudson Lowe, Harper Lowe, Jaxon Parker, Zachariah Parker and De­clan O’Leary, Sister-in-Law, Louise Kil­bara and her beloved Grand­dog Joey. Chore­og­ra­pher Jac­ques d’Am­boise once said that dance is your pulse, your heart­beat, your breath­ing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the ex­pres­sion in time and move­ment, in hap­pi­ness, joy, sad­ness and envy. Although dance was her pulse, her heart­beat, Madame also had an ex­traor­di­nary love for life and lived each day to the fullest. For that rea­son, she did not want her loved ones and friends to feel sad­ness for her pass­ing. Rather, she re­quested that a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life be held to al­low all who loved her to gather, to re­call the happy and joy­ous times, and to dance in their own way to the rhythm of her life. Madame’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held Sun­day, June 30, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. un­til 2:00 p.m., at Mama Mia’s in Saratoga Springs; her fa­vorite place over many years to en­joy cel­e­bra­tions and good food with those she loved dear­est. In lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily re­quests that con­tri­bu­tions be made to the lo­cal Com­mu­nity Hospice, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Wil­liam J. Burke & Sons/Buss­ing & Cun­niff Fu­neral Homes, 628 North Broad­way, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518-584-5373). On­line re­mem­brances may be made at burke­fu­ner­al­

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