Books: Turning Words into Motion

GOING TO THE DANCE by Arlene Croce, Knopf; 427pages; $20

In her introduction to this new collection of dance commentary, Arlene Croce writes that she has developed a repertory as a critic "concentrating on certain recurrent themes, much as dancers do when given the same roles season after season." Going to the Dance shows that formidable critical repertory. Croce has natural authority and a succinct, pungent style. She stands for musicality and clarity in choreography, artistry and daring onstage. The pleasure in reading these pieces, which were first printed in The New Yorker, is...

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