Jock Soto

(b. 1965)

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(b New Mexico, 1965)

US dancer. He studied ballet in Phoenix, and at the School of American Ballet, joining New York City Ballet in 1981 aged 16, and becoming principal in 1985. A dancer of exceptional musicality and an instinctive partner, he danced leading roles in many Balanchine and Robbins ballets, and also created roles in works by Martins, such as Fearful Symmetries, A Schubertiad, and Songs of the Auvergne; by Dean, Weiss, Bonnefoux, and Tanner in the 1988 American Music Festival, and also by Taylor- Corbett, Woetzel, O'Day, Mahdaviani. He danced regularly with Wendy Whelan and their partnership was showcased in many works by Wheeldon, including Polyphonia (2001) and After the Rain (2005). He made many television appearances as a dancer, also as a celebrity chef. In 2005 he retired from the stage but continued to teach at the School of American Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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