Dance: The Stars Beyond

"The other girls dance better than Margot now," a member of the Royal Ballet said recently. "But when she's onstage, you still don't look at anyone else." That admission—and hastily appended tribute—seemed to sum up a transitional moment in the career of the world's most celebrated ballerina, and also in the life and youth of her well-traveled company.

Now 52, Margot Fonteyrt has talked of retiring for several years. But each season, when the Royal Ballet makes its regular visit to the U.S., there is Dame Margot, with Fellow Superstar Rudi Nureyev, nearly as...

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