(b Geneva, 1 Dec. 1948; d New York, 2 Apr. 2009)
US dancer. She studied at the Munich State Opera Ballet School and at the Royal Ballet School as well as with M. Fay (London), Volkova (Copenhagen), and Dudinskaya (Leningrad). In 1966 she joined Royal Danish Ballet then in 1969 moved to the Berlin Opera Ballet where she was prima ballerina (1973–85). She was particularly renowned for her interpretations of romantic roles, bringing an exceptional delicacy, refinement, and musicality to Giselle, among other works. Her repertory favoured the major Bournonville and Petipa roles but she also danced in ballets by Cranko and Tetley and created roles in Luipart's Scarecrows (1970) and Hynd's Nutcracker (1976) and Coppélia (1985), among others. From 1971 she also guested internationally appearing with London Festival Ballet, as well as the Kirov, American Ballet Theatre, and National Ballet of Canada. She gave her last public performances in 1990 after which she worked internationally as teacher and coach.