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10 famous Appalachian Trail hikers

Jacques d'Amboise

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Jacques d'Amboise

Jacques d'Amboise, once a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, is known for his choreography, but it’s his “Trail Dance” that earns him a place on our list. In 1999, at almost 65 years old, d’Amboise began hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the National Dance Institute, the dance school he’d founded. The project was named Step by Step, and during his seven-month trek, d’Amboise shared his “Trail Dance,” a short jig he’d put together for the hike, to everyone he met along the way. In return, he asked that the dancers teach his moves to two other people so that his dance would continue to inspire.