Music: With a Yankee Twang

Lucia Chase is a comely green-eyed woman who has been stage-struck since she was seven; she is also a very determined woman. Ten years ago, fed up with Russianized ballet, she went to work on a ballet company whose accent would be American. Today she has one: the U.S.'s best company, Ballet Theatre.

Last week, to celebrate its tenth birthday, Lucia Chase's Ballet Theatre put its name back up on the Manhattan marquee where it first appeared. When the curtain went up in Rockefeller Center's huge (3,000 seats) Center Theatre, fans saw Les Sylphides,...

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