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Gehrig’s disease claims dancer Eric Hampton, 54

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Hampton, a leading Washington choreographer and dance teacher, died Feb. 20 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was 54.

Hampton founded his own company in 1991. During the 1960s, he performed in Europe with the Netherlands Dance Company and the Scapino Ballet. He settled in Washington in 1978 and became soloist and resident choreographer for the Washington Ballet.