Winter 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 1 Nonfiction |

A Year of Dance: Inventory vs. Invention

Some modern dancers got caught up in the recent flurry of international exchanges which started with the American visits of the Sadler's Wells Theatre ballet company and Roland Petit's Ballets de Paris. It was right that European audiences should see samples of our most characteristic theatre dance as well as such offshoots of the English and Russian ballet as Ballet Theatre and The New York City Ballet Company. Called upon to compete in an international market, American dancers felt they had to polish up their wares before exposing them to foreign scrutiny, and a mood of stock-taking permeated the whole dance world. The great positive effect of all this was that everyone danced more brilliantly than ever. 'When we had the opportunity to see a representative collection of modern dancers in one place—at the New York City Center last winter and at the American Dance Festival in New London last August—it was obvious that modern dance was now capable of sparkling with virtuosity

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