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Paul McCartney's first work for dance may be the most satisfying of his classical pieces – but then, he's been composing for the dance all his life, in a way.

New York City Ballet: Robbins, Coliseum, London

New York City Ballet's London season continues, and continues to look rough. This time it's a celebration of Jerome Robbins, who moved between Broadway (West Side Story) and ballet. The evening is rescued by The Concert, the choreographer's irresistible comedy.

Marie-Jeanne: Early Balanchine ballerina

Marie-Jeanne Pelus, ballet dancer and coach: born New York 12 August 1920; married 1942 Alfonso de Quesada (one daughter; marriage dissolved 1947), 1957 Dwight S. Godwin (died 1983; two sons); died Austin, Texas 28 December 2007

Danses Concertantes, Sadler's Wells, London

What a waste. Danses Concertantes - a group of fine soloists from New York City Ballet - are here stranded in barren repertoire.

A partnership in full bloom

The dancers who inspired a new duet are among the cast of the visiting New York City Ballet

Polyphonia/The Four Temperaments/Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Ballet in full flight

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

The smack of firm direction

Danses Concertantes, Sadler's Wells, London

Chamber made

Arts: If it's Christmas, it must the Nutcracker

Tchaikovksy's music is glorious, but too often the ballet become a sickly confection. Can it ever be spiced for adult tastes?

Obituary: Birgit Cullberg

BIRGIT CULLBERG died only days after the company she founded completed an impressive season at this year's Edinburgh Festival, the Cullberg Ballet's first British appearances since 1971. She was remarkable, one of a tiny but seminal band of women who reached eminence in a profession until recently dominated by men - dancers were mostly women, but the choreographers and directors holding the reins were men.

Is gym going to fix it?

If you're the sort who falls asleep in aerobics, read on. LUCIE BRYERS reviews the latest classes - guaranteed to keep you interested

Edinburgh Festival - Dance: Jewels in the NY crown

New York City Ballet

Dance: It's got legs - but it's run too far

NEW YORK BALLET STARS ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

The world premiere of `Life Story'

Albert Evans and Wendy Whelan of the New York Ballet in the world premiere of `Life Story' at the Royal Festival Hall last night Laurie Lewis

Arts: When opposites meet

She may no longer dance in public, but Karole Armitage is still a major force in ballet. By Nadine Meisner
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