Ballet: Dancers at Play

Two little girls jumped rope. Two fierce little boys drew their wooden swords and thwacked at each other with all their might till both little boys ran away. Two little girls wheeled out a big baby carriage and propped up a life-size doll. Then they dressed it up with all the grown-up ladies' clothes that Mama had stored away in the attic ages ago. One little boy skipped and jumped over to a big blackboard, chalked up those deathless words: MARY LOVES BILL.

Children at play? No, dancers at play. These were members of Britain's Western Theater Ballet company dance-miming...

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