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Ballet standards appal director

DEREK DEANE, English National Ballet's artistic director, bitterly attacked standards of training in British dance yesterday. After auditioning 80 dancers for his company, Mr Deane said: 'I am appalled by what I have seen today. I fear for the future of British dance if we can't start producing the quality that classical ballet demands.'