was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where she began her dance training before receiving a Ford Foundation scholarship to the School of American Ballet in 1959. Soon thereafter, she first performed at the Pillow with the Robert Joffrey Ballet in 1960, when she appeared in a world premiere by Thomas Andrew as well as in works by Francisco Moncion and George Balanchine. She later joined American Ballet Theatre and, in 1969, she returned to the Pillow as a leading dancer with the American Dance Company, appearing in two works by her husband, Richard Englund. At the time of her death from cancer in January 2009 at the age of 77, she was Ballet Mistress for ABT II, a function she had also served for Joffrey II. She is survived by two daughters, theatrical designer Alixandra Gage Englund and the former New York City Ballet soloist Rachel Rutherford.