Dance: The High & the Mighty

For a company bristling with restless energy, the Royal Danish Ballet is a stick in the mud when it comes to traveling abroad. In the 20 years since the end of World War II, it has visited the U.S. but four times. But when the Danes do come, it is an event that brings balletomanes flocking. In Manhattan last week, they broke all box-office records at the New York State Theater, grossed more than any other stage show on or off Broadway.

Part of their unique appeal is that among the Royal Danes, the male dancers are the stars. Last...

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