Erika Goodman (1945-2004).
Born in Philadelphia, Goodman studied modern dance with Nadia Chilkovsky, but fell in love with ballet while training with Margaret Craske at Jacob's Pillow. At 16, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the School of American Ballet, and three years later entered the New York City Ballet corps. But in 1966 Goodman joined the City Center Joffrey Ballet and found her niche. Francesca Corkle, a former Joffrey ballerina, said, "Ms. Goodman's presence onstage exuded her passionate love for dancing and captivated audiences worldwide."
Goodman became something of an urban legend for her extremes of devotion to the art form. As a teenager, she reportedly was found sleeping in a ballet studio in the morning after practicing all night. She was often spotted at Balducci's with a shopping cart filled solely with lettuce. Anorexia plagued her throughout her career, and in 2000 she appeared in a PBS documentary called Dying to Be Thin. Last fall, she completed her Ph.D. in nutritional science and had hoped to counsel students with dietary issues.
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