Gordon F. Peavy, who moved to East Hampton with his lifelong partner, the artist Albert Sharp, died on Dec. 6 at Southampton Hospital at the age of 78.
A dancer with Sonja Henie’s “Holiday on Ice,” Mr. Peavy toured extensively with the ice dancing troupe, including through South America. When he returned from the tour, Mr. Peavy began his New York City dance career, starring with the Manhattan Festival Ballet for a number of years.
A year after he met Mr. Sharp, the couple moved to East Hampton and opened Gallery East on Main Street, eventually moving the gallery to the then-new Amagansett Square in the 1970s.
After the duo sold the gallery, which consequently moved to Pantigo Road and remained open until 1999, Mr. Peavy opened a dance studio — the Gordon Peavy Dance Studio — at 26 Newtown Lane. For many years, he taught classes year round for adults and children, and directed and choreographed fully costumed dance performances at Guild Hall, usually featuring dancers from middle and high schools. In the professional dance world, Mr. Peavy worked with such dancers as Gwen Verdon, J. Jackson, and Lori Singer.
Mr. Peavy was born in Albany, Ga., on March 20, 1933, to Gordon F. Peavy Sr. and the former Dorothy Morris, and moved to Meridian, Miss., when he was 13. After graduating from Cape Griffin High School, Mr. Peavy attended Auburn University in Alabama, but transferred to the Art Institute in Chicago. It was there, while studying skating and dance, that he came to the attention of Miss Henie, the world-famous skating star.
Mr. Peavy and Mr. Sharp shared their home on Buell Lane together for 50 years, and were finally able to marry earlier this year.
A memorial service is in the planning stage, to be held in the couple’s garden in the spring.