Judith Fugate is a former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet and danced roles in virtually every ballet in the NYCB repertory, counting among her partners Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Helgi Tomasson. During her career, she toured extensively with groups led by renowned artists such as Mr. Baryshnikov, Cynthia Gregory, and Mr. Martins. Miss Fugate appeared on Live from Lincoln Center with Ray Charles in Peter Martins’ A Fool for You. In the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Traviata, conducted by Placido Domingo, she was partnered by Fernando Bujones and Peter Boal. She left NYCB in 1997 and currently works as repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and the Jerome Robbins Rights Trust, staging these renowned choreographers’ works worldwide. In addition, along with her husband Medhi Bahiri, she directed Ballet NY, a small contemporary ballet company based in New York City. Founded in 1997, the company also toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.