Milestones Jan. 15, 2001

DIED. TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ, 71, lithe-limbed ballerina who, while on tour in Copenhagen with husband George Balanchine in 1956, contracted polio, which left her paralyzed at 27 at the peak of her talent and fame; of pneumonia; in New York City. In an eerie foreshadow, Balanchine in 1944 had choreographed a ballet in which he cast himself as a character named Polio and his incomparably elegant muse Le Clercq as a victim who becomes paralyzed.

DIED. JOSE GRECO, 82, Italian-born Brooklyn-raised dancer who popularized Spanish dance--especially the showy, cape-snapping flamenco--for worldwide audiences in the 1950s and '60s; in Lancaster, Pa. A...

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