THE Bolshoi and Tchaikovsky theaters are only a stout walk from each other in Moscow, but at first glance their respective products seem to be versts apart. The Bolshoi's stage glitters with the familiar, stylized formulations of the classic ballet; the Tchaikovsky's shivers to the explosive hop-stomp-and-run of the folk dance. Most Westerners have glimpsed some reflections of the Russian classical style; 'few have sampled the exuberant dance language of Russia's full folklore. Next week the U.S. will get its first good look at that language when the Moiseyev Dance Company, first major Soviet dance group ever to appear in the...

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