Dance: The Comers

"We have always had the cream," boasts New York City Ballet's George Balanchine, "but now with more danc ers going through the sieve, the cream is richer than ever before. Our company is packed with great dancers. Any one of them would be a prima ballerina with any other company."

Like a proud father, Balanchine this season has exposed a wealth of gifted young girls in a variety of major roles, almost to the exclusion of the older principal dancers. Patricia Neary, 22, for example, who graduated from the corps de ballet...

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