American dancer, born in Hamilton (Ohio) in 1935. He began his studies of dance in the Ballet School of San Francisco, made his debut with the company in 1953 and reached the category of principal dancer in 1955. In 1957 he joined the New York City Ballet, he was appointed soloist in 1960 and principal dancer the following year. With this company participated in the premiere of some ballets of George Balanchine, such as: Pan-America (1960), she danced the "dance Symphony of Cuba", Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (1960), Monumentum pro Gesualdo (1960), Liebeslieder Walzer (1960), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962), Don Quixote (1965) and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1966), Jewels (1967) and Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 (1970), as well as Creation of the World (1960) by Todd Bolender, and Fantasies (1969) and Reveries (1969) by John Clifford. He was appointed artistic director of the Metropolitan Ballet of the city of Oklahoma in 1973.