(b La Vega, Dominican Republic, 6 Jul. 1918; d Woodstock, NY, 1 Apr. 1995)
US dancer, choreographer, and painter. He studied at the School of American Ballet (from 1938) and made his debut with the New Opera Company in 1942. He was then soloist with the Marquis de Cuevas's Ballet International, where he created the title roles in Edward Caton's Sebastian and Massine's Mad Tristan (both 1944) and in 1946 he joined Ballet Society (later New York City Ballet), where he remained for almost 40 years. He created roles in Balanchine's Four Temperaments (1946), Divertimento (1947), Symphony in C (1948), Orpheus (the Dark Angel, 1948), Firebird (1949), La Valse (1951), Ivesiana (1954), Episodes (1959), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962), Don Quixote (1965), Jewels (‘Emeralds’, 1967). He also created roles in Ashton's Picnic at Tintagel (1952), and Robbins's The Guests (1949), Jinx (1949), Age of Anxiety (1950), Afternoon of a Faun (1953), and In the Night (1970). He also choreographed several works for NYCB, including Pastorale (mus. Turner, 1957) and Les Biches (mus. Poulenc, 1960). He retired in 1985.