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Sascha Radetsky is leaving ABT

August 09, 2008|From a Times staff writer

Sascha Radetsky, who has been dancing with American Ballet Theatre for the last 13 years -- and as a soloist since 2003 -- is leaving after this weekend's performances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He will be joining the Dutch National Ballet.

Radetsky, 31, a native of Santa Cruz, also starred in the 2000 film "Center Stage" and became a darling of young fans by also appearing in pop singer Mandy Moore's music video "I Wanna Be With You" from the "Center Stage" soundtrack.

His last appearances with ABT will be in matinees today, when he dances the Rabbit role in Twyla Tharp's "Rabbit and Rogue," and Sunday, when he'll perform in both the Tharp piece and Harald Lander's "Etudes."

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