Dance: Angel in Tights

"When I first decided to form a ballet company, Mother said: 'Dear, why don't you just see a psychiatrist?' I told her it would be cheaper to form a ballet company."

So Rebekah Harkness went ahead, put up $2,000,000, and founded a real live dance company of her very own. Last month the new Harkness Ballet, headed by Choreographer George Skibine, launched a three-month "shakedown cruise" in Europe. What impressed the critics was the youthful verve and vitality of the 30-member company—which, unfortunately, the repertory of 14 ballets only partially exploited.

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