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Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri are changing dancers' lives. The pair, former principals, respectively, of New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet, took inspiration from the fact that there are so many unemployed great performers, and founded Dance Galas' in 1999 to give dancers, choreographers, and musicians more work, says Bahiri. Today this small company has attracted new audiences, shines in a diverse repertoire, and has a new name. The eleven-member Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY performs January 8-10 at Symphony Space, a venue they hope to make an uptown Joyce Theater. Repertoire ranges from the delicate rhythms and classical partnering of Antony Tudor's Continuo to Thaddeus Davis's contemporary. Vivaldial Chat.

Why the new name? People associated the word "Galaxy" with a trashy Vegas show, says Fugate, scarcely a description of this talented troupe. Visit www.balletny.org.
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Title Annotation:New York Matters; Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY
Author:Mattingly, Kate
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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