(b Berlin, 9 Sept. 1941)
German-US dancer. She studied gymnastics in early childhood then ballet with T. Gsovsky in Berlin. In 1958 she made her debut with American Festival Ballet in Bremen, then was soloist with Frankfurt Ballet (1959–60). Here she danced the lead in Balanchine's Seven Deadly Sins which led to her joining New York City Ballet in 1962. Though she rose slowly through the company ranks (appointed soloist in 1967 and principal in 1972), her brilliant allegro technique made her a natural Balanchine dancer. She created roles in many of his ballets including Who Cares? (1970), Violin Concerto (1972), Vienna Waltzes (1977), Kammermusik No. 2 (1978), and Davidsbündlertänze (1980) as well as in Robbins's Goldberg Variations (1972). In 1979 she joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet and retired from the stage in 1984. At his death Balanchine left her the rights to several of his ballets and she has gone on to stage his work for many other companies worldwide.