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He was forty years old, just as tall as Limon - six feet - but with a very slender build. He had been dancing with the company for six years. The other male dancers were in their mid-twenties. Some were slender, others surprisingly husky. There was Richard Fitzgerald, a southerner who had first studied acting and then discovered a preference for dance. Michael Hollander, a twenty-one-year-old New Yorker, had studied with Jose since he was thirteen years old. Harlan McCdum, born in China, had lived most of his life in the United States.

Some stood at the barre and did small knee-bends, or demi-plies, then larger ones. Others lifted their legs onto the barre and bent their torso gently toward their toes, keeping their knees straight. After that, they did small jumps at the bane, first rising only to a releve, or tiptoe position, then leaving the floor just a few inches. The gentle action is important for dancers; the wann-up must be dune with the utmost care. No muscle may be used fully until it is warmed up through exercise. The penalty for forgetting can be disastrous; a pulled or strained back or a twisted knee or ankle, which could mean months of inactivity.

Some of the company held part-time jobs to help support themselves; a few had to quit and find other sources of income, so as to conform to the rehearsal schedule. Jose had also planned his day so he could attend rehearsals for Doris' new work, Theatre Piece # 2, in which he was dancing as well as hold rehearsals for his other commissioned work. A King's Heart, for the Juilliard Dance Theater. Although the dance was barely begun, many other arrangements had to be attended to. The composition of the dance was special unto itself and totally the responsibility of Jose.

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