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Rare event as 'Giselle' comes to Rouse stage

It's been years since a Russian superstar soared across a Howard County stage — memory takes me back to Mikhail Baryshnikov when he danced in the 2003 Columbia Festival of the Arts at Wilde Lake High School.

Saturday evening, June 14, two international ballet stars, Veronika Part and Vitali Krauchenka, will guest in the Ballet L'Etoile production of "Giselle" at the Jim Rouse Theater. This one-time-only performance is rare, as most topnotch dancers bypass us for the grand stages at the Kennedy Center or Wolf Trap in the summer.

Strange, indeed, as Columbia began with ballet!

In 1967 Russian dance master George Balanchine oversaw the construction of the...