Dance: Cooling It

Technical skill for a major ballet company is just a question of hard work; a consistent, defined style is something else again. The nine-year-old Netherlands Dance Theater, which just finished a two-week Manhattan engagement and is off to another in Mexico City, is not only expert—it is also stylish. The Dutch manner, though, is quite different from the elan and exuberance of U.S. companies. The mood is serious; the movement sober, without the bravura leaps and dashes with which American dancers assault the eyes and the endocrines. The Dutchmen are out to...