(born 15 July 1929 in New Orleans, died 3 March 1980 in New York), American dancer and teacher. Of French and Spanish parentage, Fernandez began studying ballet at the age of eight with the former Diaghilev dancer Lelia Haller in New Orleans. He made his professional debut in 1944 with the New Orleans Opera Ballet, and in the following year went to New York City for a few months to study with Alexandra Danilova. At the urging of Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova, he later returned to New York to take classes with Vincenzo Celli.
From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.