People: Jul. 4, 1983

"Since I was 14, I have wanted to be the director of a ballet company. Isn't that strange, to be so sure? I must be a fanatic." Or he must be Peter Martins. The dancer-choreographer made the observation three years ago, and now that he has become head of the New York City Ballet, along with Jerome Robbins, he intends to let nothing stand in the way of his dream. Not even his dancing. Last week Martins, 36, announced that he was giving up his calling of the past 29 years. Said he: "I'm...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!