(b Parsons, Kan., 5 Oct. 1954; d Parsons, Kan., 28 Jan. 1992)
US dancer and choreographer. He studied in New York at Thalia Mara's National Academy of Ballet and briefly at the American Ballet Theatre School. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1972, becoming a principal in 1976 and creating a role in Tharp's Push Comes to Shove (1976). He appeared in the Hollywood film The Turning Point (1977). In 1979 he left ABT to join the Cleveland Ballet and to dance in Australia and Israel. Returning to ABT he choreographed his first ballet in 1986 which was followed by Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (1988) and several works for Pacific Northwest Ballet. He died prematurely from an Aids-related illness.