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Just Back: Jock Soto

OCCUPATION: Principal dancer, New York City Ballet

ON THE ROAD: Soto and the 60-member corps de ballet stopped in Edinburgh on a recent European tour, staying at the Scotsman Hotel (20 N. Bridge St.; 44-131/556-5565; doubles from $299). He indulged in some upscale luxuries there: "I injured my knee in rehearsal, so I couldn't wait to take a bath and use all the products."

DOUBLE TROUBLE: One afternoon, several members of the company took a double-decker bus tour of Edinburgh and had perhaps too good a time. "I had invited five dancers along, but then they invited friends. We ended up with 22 people on board," Soto recalls with a laugh. "The tour director was a bit upset. She said we were disturbing the rest of the tourists."

LAST CALL: Following the final performances of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Mercurial Manoeuvres, the company met for drinks at the Balmoral hotel, where Soto got to meet choreographer Merce Cunningham. "He was in Edinburgh doing John Cage's Alphabet. It was terrific talking with Merce—there are so few living legends left in dance."

NEXT STOP: The troupe visited Athens and Parma before returning to the U.S.A. Their 2002 season begins in New York April 30.

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