Dance: Shocks and Ceremonies

It was the coldest week of the year, but New York was a winter dance festival. In the space of seven days, some 60,000 people jammed the city's theaters to watch a worldwide assortment of performers. For undemanding viewers, a group called the Siberian Dancers and Singers of Omsk lit up Carnegie Hall with the bounding energy of mad Russian muzhiks—despite several ammonia bottles planted by activists protesting Soviet antiSemitism. More passive dance fans turned up at the New York State Theater to watch homegrown Master George Balanchine and his New York City...

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