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Greg King

Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer Greg King died on July 12 after a lengthy illness in Key West, Florida. He was 46.

King trained at the School of American Ballet and became a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, where he understudied for Rudolf Nureyev and then joined the Joffrey Ballet.

In 1981, Star Danias, ballerina from the film “The Turning Point” selected Greg to be her partner in an 80-city tour. He was chosen Ballet Master for the company and spent the rest of his career as a coach and teacher.

Moving to Hollywood, he trained actress, Lynn Whitfield, to dance en pointe for her starring role in “The Josephine Baker” story. He then moved to Key West, where he joined the Coffee Mill Cultural Center and continued to train dancers.

He is survived by his companion Denis Hyland, his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

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