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Alvin Ailey
Chinese ballet finds 'Art' on a more modern footing
Chinese ballet finds 'Art' on a more modern footing

Someone once said that ballet and modern dance would merge when a contemporary dancer donned toe shoes and ballerinas went barefoot. Well, that did happen in an Alvin Ailey piece years ago, and it was evident again last week in the dance kickoff of “China:  The Art of a Nation,” at the Kennedy Center now through October. As I watched the National Ballet of China, I was reminded just how much classical ballet has changed since the company’s last appearance here in 2005. The 60-member company has now fully embraced “modernism,” both in technique and content. For example, in “Swan Lake’s” second act (where the ballerina flutters her...