After he retired from dancing, in 1981, Nagrin taught some of his solos to young dancers, but they never captured the edginess and urban energy of his own performances. On stage he was tense, jazzy, confrontational, a wiseguy, an insomniac, a risk taker. In class or in conversation you could feel his curiosity and his concern for you, once you got past being intimidated by that gimlet gaze of his. He was probing, always probing for the depth of experience, yours and his own.
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