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John Butler; Ballet Choreographer and Dancer

John Butler, 74, a ballet choreographer best known for his pas de deux “After Eden.” His other prominent ballets included “Carmina Burana,” “According to Eve” and “Portrait of Billie.” He danced in Broadway musicals, including “Oklahoma!” “On the Town,” “Hollywood Pinafore” and “Inside U.S.A.” He also performed in the 1948 MGM movie “Words and Music.” Butler was a television choreographer in the late 1940s for revues, “Omnibus,” “Camera Three” and the NBC Opera Theatre. He also created dances for the Metropolitan Opera and for the New York City Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In New York City on Saturday of cancer.


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