(b Columbia, SC, 17 Jan. 1947; d New York, 11 Jun. 1996)
US dancer and choreographer. He studied dance locally and at Bennington College, making his debut with Mary Anthony and Lang. Between 1970 and 1973 he danced with Cunningham and between 1973 and 1980 with Ailey's company where he became a principal. He created his first work for Ailey in 1979 and in 1980 was appointed assistant director of the Choreographic Research Group of the Paris Opera. His style was characterized by an urgent athleticism and was driven by vigorous if abstract emotion. He created works for many companies including American Ballet Theatre (Serious Pleasures, 1992, inspired by Kazantzakis's novel The Last Temptation of Christ), Royal Swedish Ballet (Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, 1993), and New York City Ballet (Red Angels, 1994, and Twilight, 1996).