A Slow Dance Toward a ‘Beautifully Intoxicating’ Romance

Days after Unity Sickles Phelan became an apprentice at the New York City Ballet in December 2012, she met Cameron William Dieck in an elevator at Lincoln Center, where the ballet rehearses and performs. Ms. Phelan, then 17, wasn’t sure where to pick up her pointe shoes. Mr. Dieck, a 23-year-old corps member, told her which floor. Each left the elevator with clear impressions of the other.

“I thought, Ah, that’s a friend — someone who’s nice that I can count on,” Ms. Phelan said.

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