(b Long Beach, Calif., 27 Sept. 1953)
US dancer. She studied in California and at the School of American Ballet with S. Williams, Eglevsky, and Danilova and joined New York City Ballet in 1970, where she was promoted to soloist (1978) and principal in 1979. A dancer gifted with unusual elevation and dramatic intensity she projected a challenging independence on stage. She performed a wide range of works and created roles in, among others, Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet (1980) and Davidsbündlertänze (1980), Robbins's Four Seasons (1979), Piano Pieces (1981), Four Chamber Works (1982), and Tango (1983), and Martins's Calcium Light Night (1977) and Fearful Symmetries (1990). After retiring from the stage in 1995 she taught ballet and dance history at Harvard.