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The essential New York dancer

David Vaughan, David Gordon and Annmaria Mazzini reveal their vital picks.

By Cristina Velocci

Gia Kourlas, Dance editor:
"Even though Wendy Whelan is a revered classical dancer with the New York City Ballet, she blurs the boundaries of uptown and downtown dance with her delicate strength and prickly power. When she's onstage, the categories melt away."

Choreographer David Gordon:
"The mysterious, palpable drama [my wife] and I experience in Wally Cardona's inventive duets frequently creates an unexpected narrative, which we talk about on the way home. He's also a very good dancer and the partner of [our son] Ain Gordon."

David Vaughan, author and archivist at Merce Cunningham Dance Company:
"Herman Cornejo from ABT, because he's not just a wonderful technician, he's also an artist."

Annmaria Mazzini, principal dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Company:
"I'm going to say [fellow company member] Robert Kleinendorst, because he's like a modern-day Gene Kelly. He can be adorable, cute and funny, but he's also masculine, powerful and heartbreaking."


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