Dance: A Ford in Its Future

When the Ford Foundation announced last week that it was blessing the future of American ballet with a staggering grant of $7,756,000, the major share of the blessing seemed to be brightening the career of Choreographer George Balanchine. Of the total amount, nearly $4,500,000 is going to the two cradles of Balanchine's art—$2,000,000 to the New York City Ballet, $2,425,000 to the School of American Ballet. The grants indeed entrust Balanchine with the future of classical dance in America. But though the honor may be Balanchine's, the victory belongs to the man...

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