Dance: Delights of Diversity

A dance marathon staged by New York's City Center? Was that doughty cultural impresario succumbing to the nostalgia craze reviving the 1920s stunts in which competing couples danced away the night—and the day, and sometimes the night again? Not quite. The City Center American Dance Marathon '72, which ended last week at Manhattan's ANTA Theater, was devoted more to the delights of diversity than to endurance. Over a period of six weeks, 20 of the most ruggedly individual dance companies in the U.S. matched style and idea in stalwart succession.

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