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International students shine.

The differences in caliber and style were striking when stellar pupils from ballet schools from around the world performed in Proteges: The International Ballet Academy Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in January. Each school selected choreography that showcased its unique history: Bournonville, in the case of Royal Danish Ballet School; Ashton, for The Royal Ballet School; Balanchine, for Dance Theatre of Harlem School; and Jean-Guillaume Bart, for Paris Opera Ballet School. Russia's Vaganova Ballet Academy sent graduates rather than current students.

Students from the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Young Artists Training Program stood out as exceptionally precise in Maki Asami's Sinfonietta. The men from The Royal Ballet School and Royal Danish School of Ballet were stunning, particularly Alban Lendorf-Thim of the latter.

For audiences, seeing this spectrum of new talent was a rare gift. For the dancers, the chance to perform with international peers at a world-renowned opera house was undoubtedly a formative moment in their budding careers. Hopefully, this occasion will become an annual event. If it does, it would be interesting to see American dancers from training grounds like School of American Ballet or The Harid Conservatory.
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Title Annotation:ACROSS THE FLOOR; ballet dancers
Author:Mattingly, Kate
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:May 1, 2006
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