Dance: Another Leap for Baryshnikov

In Balanchine's troupe, he hopes to conquer the best ballets

A dancer came upon Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder with George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet, in apparent distress, weeping in an office. When he rushed to help, Kirstein, 71, waved him away. "These are tears of joy," he said. "Baryshnikov is joining our company." At the American Ballet Theater it was the dancers who wept when Mikhail Baryshnikov gathered them together after last Wednesday's performance to say goodbye: "It is now or never. I have to work with Mr. B." For A.B.T. Baryshnikov's leap...

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