(b Caracas, 31 Mar. 1932; d Caracas, 25 May 2002)
Venezuelan dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied in Venezuela and the US and began his stage career in 1946, performing with several companies including Ballets de Paris (1955), the Robert Joffrey Ballet from 1959, and the newly formed Harkness Ballet where he became ballet master, then resident choreographer. His ballets include Percussions for Six (or Percussion for Six Men) (1969), Schubert Variations, and Gemini. In 1977 he was appointed artistic director and resident choreographer of Ballet Internacional de Caracas, and brought many dancers from the defunct Harkness company with him. He also invited US and Canadian choreographers such as Alvin Ailey and Brian Macdonald to work with the Caracas company. In 1984 he became artistic director of the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, for whom he staged many works, including The Firebird (1984), Doble Corchea, and Inez de Castro, as well as productions of Romeo and Juliet, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. He remained in the post until 2002, and during the 1990s he also choreographed for the newly founded Florida Ballet. His work was in the repertory of over 30 companies including American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Opera Ballet, and Australian Ballet.