Dance: Glitter

Britain's Royal Ballet brings classics and a tawdry shocker

For the past month, New York City has served as a showcase for two of the world's top choreographers. First came the New York City Ballet's Tchaikovsky gala, a ten-day tribute to the Russian composer that also honored the company's legendary George Balanchine, 77. Then London's Royal Ballet held sway at Lincoln Center for three weeks, offering several works by Balanchine's contemporary Sir Frederick Ashton, 76.

A stylish company noted for its sumptuous productions of the standard repertoire, the Royal is celebrating its 50th anniversary this...

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