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Dance: Albert Evans, Former NYCB Principal, Dead at 46

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Albert Evans, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet – and one of only two African Americans to rise to the top ranks at that company, died on June 22. He was 46.

Evans died at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital after what a NYCB spokesman described as “a brief illness.”

An Atlanta native, Evans danced a wide range of roles during his career with NYCB but he was particularly known for his work in the company’s neoclassical and contemporary repertoire. He first joined the company in 1988, was promoted to soloist in 1991 and was named a principal dancer in 1995. After retiring in 2010, Evans continued to work with the company as a ballet master.

“The entire New York City Ballet family is heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Albert Evans,” said Peter Martins, the company’s ballet master in chief, in a statement. “Kind, warm, generous, and always a joy to be with, Albert is quite simply irreplaceable.”

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Here are links to obituaries:

New York Times obituary

Associated Press obituary

Washington Post obituary

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