POINT PERFECT

A NEW GENERATION OF DAZZLING BALLERINAS STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

"A ballerina needs taste and ego and determination. She should be a ham, looking at you and trying to provoke you. Beyond that, the secret is in a fresh way of phrasing, of playing with the music." -MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV

"It doesn't hurt to be pretty either." -PETER MARTINS

"BALLET IS WOMAN" IS GEORGE BALANCHINE'S MOST frequently quoted remark. Of course he was right. Enchanted bird, sleeping princess, sugarplum confection-the woman on her toes unlocks the mysteries of dance. It takes nothing away from male virtuosity, or the boost that Nureyev and Baryshnikov gave ballet, to say that female stars carry...

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