Dance: Rites Of Spring

Rather astonishing reports began filtering in from U.S. colleges about three years ago: the most heavily attended student events were not rock concerts or even football games, but dance performances. All over the country, the general public packed the theaters. In 1965 the total dance audience was an estimated 1 million. By 1974 it had risen to 11 million. Not since the Second World War had U.S. ballet known so bright a moment of glory. At that time Dance Critic Edwin Denby attributed the public's eagerness for dance to ballet's "civilized and peaceful...

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