The Dance: Kama Sutra in Slow Motion


Six years ago, Brooklyn-born Dancer Barbara Weisberger started a small ballet school in an old studio in Philadelphia. Funds at first were scarce; she and her two teaching colleagues paid themselves $20 a month, and at least once the landlord locked them out for nonpayment of rent. Thanks to some timely help from the Ford Foundation, the school grew into the Pennsylvania Ballet. Judging by its performances at Manhattan's City Center last week, it is one of the most promising of the new U.S. dance companies.

Composed of 33 leggy young women and lithe young men (average age: 22), the...

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