Dance: Dash & Control

Jerome Robbins? "Too self-obsessed. He's forgotten his point of view. He is not pushing forward any more." Martha Graham? "She thinks everything is expressible through a new technique." The Royal Ballet? "Too tradition-bound." The Bolshoi? "Too obsessed with characterization and athletics." The Kirov? "The finest in the world." Balanchine? "The greatest influence on ballet and dance in the Western world. He is pushing forward." So says the San Francisco Ballet's Lew Christensen, who in his 17 years in San Francisco has developed his company into one of the most versatile anywhere, and second only in the U.S. to George...

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