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December 6, 1992 | SCOT J. PALTROW, Scot J. Paltrow is a Times staff writer based in New York.
IT WAS ONLY A GLASS OF VODKA THAT HE LIFTED BEFORE A hushed audience at Lincoln Center last year. But for Peter Martins, artistic director and top boss of the New York City Ballet, the shot glass he grasped on stage that evening might as well have been the Holy Grail. The curtain was about to rise on his ambitious restaging of the classic "Sleeping Beauty."
August 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A principal dancer with the New York City Ballet pleaded guilty Thursday to cocaine-related charges. Nilas Martins, 40, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct. He was originally charged with felony possession of cocaine after police found him in a parked car with another man in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the dance company's summer home, on July 3.
June 2, 2003 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Janet Collins, a prima ballerina who was the first black artist to become a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera, has died. She was 86. A noted choreographer and one of the few black women to become prominent in American classical ballet, Collins died Wednesday at an assisted living facility in Fort Worth. The cause of death was not announced. Collins broke a color barrier at the Met in New York City on Nov. 13, 1951, when she performed in a production of "Aida."
September 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
John Hart, 64, a former ballet master and assistant director of England's Royal Ballet, has been chosen as the new artistic director for Utah's Ballet West, the company announced Wednesday. He succeeds Bruce Marks, who left the company in June to be become artistic director of the Boston Ballet. Hart's career began in London in 1938 when he joined Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet) as a principal dancer.
October 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Buckle, 85, a British dance critic and historian known for scholarly biographies of such ballet icons as George Balanchine, died Oct. 12 en route to a hospital in Salisbury, England. His best-known works were the books "Nijinsky" in 1971, "Diaghilev" in 1978 and "George Balanchine: Ballet Master," co-written with John Taras in 1988.
April 16, 1988 | LEWIS SEGAL
Gerald Arpino has been appointed to succeed the late Robert Joffrey as artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, the company announced today. Arpino, 60, was elected unanimously by the managing directors of the Foundation for the Joffrey Ballet. Formerly the company's associate director, Arpino was the co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet in 1956, served as one of its leading dancers in the early years and soon developed into a popular, prolific choreographer.
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