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Like most ballet dancers, the NYCB's Benjamin Millepied -- who was elevated to principal in May -- was pirouetting before he was 5. But unlike most, the aptly named, 25-year-old French native cut his teeth on modern and African -- which made for a lot of catching up when he began his classical training at 12. "I think that's where that hunger comes from," says Sean Lavery, a company ballet master. "He never fakes it or takes it easy; he goes full out all the time."

Balanchine's The Nutcracker
(Opens November 29).


  • Archive: “Features
  • From the Sep 8, 2002 issue of New York
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