Dance: The Terrific Tempo of Paul Taylor

The Paul Taylor Dance Company has never lacked spirit. Far from it. But last week as the 13-member troupe opened its fourth summer season at Lake Placid, N.Y., its mood seemed more buoyant and carefree than ever before. On the stage of the Adirondack resort's Center for Music, Drama and Art, there were the usual sprints, baseball slides and staggers. A woman flew through the air and, miraculously, a man appeared out of nowhere to catch her. Four men in dinner jackets pranced madly around like stallions crashing the Gong Show. Dancers dove to the floor and scrambled up—all in time...

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