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Born in West Babylon, New York, Robert Hill began his dance training at the age of 17 in Florida at the Dussich Dance Studio. He studied at the School of American Ballet on scholarship, then attended the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts for a year. Prior to joining American Ballet Theatre in 1982, he danced with Phyllis Papa at the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre in Atlantic City. Mr. Hill’s roles with American Ballet Theatre have included the High Brahmin in La Bayadère, the Prince in Cinderella, Her Pastor in Fall River Legend, the Baron in Gaîté Parisienne, Albrecht in Giselle, The Man She Must Marry in Jardin aux Lilas, Des Grieux in Manon, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Iago in Othello, Romeo, Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake&##44; and leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Études, S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Stepping Stones, Symphonie Concertante, Theme and Variations and Without Words. Mr. Hill also created leading roles in Americans We, States of Grace and Cruel World. Appointed a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre in 1986, Mr. Hill left the Company in 1988 and danced with New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Ballet Teatro alla Scala, the Scottish Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Hill appeared with American Ballet Theatre as a guest artist in 1990 and rejoined the Company as a Principal Dancer in 1993. In July 1994, he appeared as an exchange artist with The Australian Ballet. In addition to his dancing, Mr. Hill has choreographed Pulsar (1998), Post No Scriptum (1999), Andantino, a solo for Susan Jaffe (1999), and Paganini Sonatas (1999), all for the ABT Studio Company, and Baroque Game, Mr. Hill’s first ballet for American Ballet Theatre.