- The Washington Times - Friday, November 11, 2005

MIAMI (AP) — Fernando Bujones, a world-class ballet dancer who was the first American man to win the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition, died Nov. 10 of cancer. He was 50.

Mr. Bujones had taken a three-month leave from his position as artistic director of the Orlando Ballet to treat melanoma, said Russell Allen, the group’s executive director.

Mr. Bujones, born in Miami of Cuban parents, spent 30 years as a ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer.

At 19, Mr. Bujones won the gold at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1974, two years after he joined the famed American Ballet Theatre in New York.

He dazzled audiences as a guest artist in 34 countries and with more than 60 companies, including the Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and the Paris Opera.

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