Well, you've missed it now. If you weren't at the Edinburgh Festival to catch Miami City Ballet's excellent rendition of Balanchine's 1967 masterpiece Jewels (right), you may have quite a wait before you get another chance to see it. The George Balanchine Trust only allows two companies to perform the complete ballet: Miami and the New York City Ballet. The plotless work in three parts - Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds - is a celebration of ballet's breadth and flexibility. The Times's critic marvelled anew at Balanchine's range 'This choreography makes you wonder how one man could find so many new, personal and distinctive ways of putting music and movement together'.

Those hungry for more detailed analysis of how Balanchine used ballet to show the glory of St Petersburg and the glamour of Broadway might care to read Tim Scholl's book From Petipa to Balanchine (Routledge pounds 25). The work was obviously an academic thesis in an earlier incarnation, but the fascinating subject is meticulously chronicled and the bibliography is comprehensive. Answer the following question and you could win one of five free copies of Scholl's book: By what name is Rubies also known? Send your answers on a postcard to Balanchine competition, Listings, The Independent, 40 City Road, London EC188 1HY.

The wrong ingredient was inadvertently given in last week's recipe for ballet slipper soup: the truly authentic dish should, of course, be made with two of Marie Taglioni's old shoes - although Pavlova's will provide a similar flavour if you add some fresh basil.

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