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January 1, 1995 | Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer
Heather Watts, a member of the New York City Ballet since 1970 and a principal since 1979, will retire after her final performance with the company Jan. 15. Actually, Watts had appeared briefly with New York City Ballet in 1964, when, as an 11-year-old student dancer in Los Angeles, she was cast as a bug in Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.
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February 9, 1995 | VIRGINIA WATSON
Amid a flurry of awards, speeches and tears, one of the last of the Balanchine-trained principals of the New York City Ballet, former Chatsworth resident Heather Watts, has retired. Watts, who was born in Long Beach and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, danced her last official performance at Lincoln Center in New York on Jan. 15. A gala party followed, with celebrities from the ballet world attending, as well as Watts' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Watts of Chatsworth.
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February 9, 1995 | VIRGINIA WATSON
Amid a flurry of awards, speeches and tears, one of the last of the Balanchine-trained principals of the New York City Ballet, former Chatsworth resident Heather Watts, has retired. Watts, who was born in Long Beach and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, danced her last official performance at Lincoln Center in New York on Jan. 15. A gala party followed, with celebrities from the ballet world attending, as well as Watts' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Watts of Chatsworth.
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January 1, 1995 | Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer
Heather Watts, a member of the New York City Ballet since 1970 and a principal since 1979, will retire after her final performance with the company Jan. 15. Actually, Watts had appeared briefly with New York City Ballet in 1964, when, as an 11-year-old student dancer in Los Angeles, she was cast as a bug in Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.
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March 15, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Chairwoman Alexander?: Although the White House has not yet officially confirmed any candidates for the National Endowment for the Arts chairmanship, one of those said to be under consideration is actress Jane Alexander. Among her supporters are some arts heavyweights--last week 21 arts personalities, including Michael Douglas, Leo Castelli, Ellsworth Kelly, Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Randall, Frank Stella, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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February 24, 1987 | LEWIS SEGAL, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Davidsbuendlertaenze." Home Vision. $39.95. Seven years ago, George Balanchine created for New York City Ballet this intimate, brooding, one-act masterwork set to Robert Schumann's piano cycle. Initially a series of unusual showpiece duets (with the women dancing first in heeled shoes and later in pointe slippers), the ballet soon darkens into a neo-Romantic abstraction of conflicts in Schumann's personal life and career.
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January 1, 1994 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Los Angeles first encountered his expressive face, his lithe body, his mercurial wit and his dramatic magnetism a decade ago. At the time, the former Bostonian was one of the few bright lights in John Clifford's rapidly dimming L.A. Ballet. He was 15, and still a senior at Hollywood High.
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August 28, 1996 | From Associated Press
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October 7, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN
Damian Woetzel remembers that when he growing up, he was "the only boy in ballet classes." But this year, in the New York City Ballet's summer school program at Saratoga Springs in New York, there were 15 boys. Woetzel, one of NYCB's principal dancers and emerging choreographers, had taken over directorship of the program from Heather Watts and his first "pet project," he said, had been to increase the number of male students.
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August 15, 1987 | ALLAN JALON, Times Staff Writer
Actress-singer Bernadette Peters is withdrawing as the headline performer at an Oct. 3 concert celebrating the Orange County Performing Arts Center's one-year anniversary so she can take a leading role in a new Broadway musical, Center officials announced Friday. Peters told the Center earlier this week that the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," which starts previews at New York's Martin Beck Theater on Sept. 29, is forcing the cancellation.
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May 17, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
A fascinating study in creative misalliance turns up tonight on the PBS "Dance in America" series. Documenting a collaboration between composer Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins, "Accent on the Offbeat" highlights the loose, improvisational creative process Marsalis encourages in his ensemble of jazz musicians versus the more rigid working methods that Martins enforces at New York City Ballet.
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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."
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