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    Rasta Thomas' Rock the Ballet

    While it is undeniably thrilling to watch Thomas and his awesome sidekicks tear up the stage with their startling leaps, acrobatics, and sexy dance tricks, as a friend said to me at the intermission, "What a waste."

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    The Hard Nut

    Choreographed in 1991 by Mark Morris and being presented in New York for the first time since 2002, "The Hard Nut," performed by Mark Morris Dance Group, is as tickling as ever.

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    Ocean's Kingdom

    Though its composer and librettist, Paul McCartney, was the biggest celebrity in the house at the premiere, the real star of this simplistically choreographed ballet is costume designer Stella McCartney.

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    Dance Review: 'Take Dance: Salaryman'

    This is a powerful one-act contemporary dance piece about Japanese businessmen to which its choreographer, Takehiro Ueyama, unfortunately has added a cumbersome 30-minute second half.

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    Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

    This updated contemporary-dance version of the 19th-century ballet classic is rich in serious emotional content and sharp satirical detail, making for powerful, hard-edged theater.

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    Parsons Dance

    David Parsons' choreographic style might be tagged "modern dance lite," yet out of a buoyant lexicon grounded in selective borrowings from classical ballet, Graham technique, and Paul Taylor Parsons conjures intricate, expressive, and engaging dances.

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater always offers exquisitely danced performances, teeming with powerful athleticism and pungent passion. Its Dec. 16 performance was no exception.

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    Gallim Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York

    Gallim Dance offered a stunning performance of its artistic director Andrea Miller’s intriguing "For Glenn Gould," while the talented performers of Sidra Bell Dance New York made all they could of Sidra Bell’s putrid "Pool."

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    Shen Wei Dance Arts

    With this latest work, choreographer-designer Shen Wei seems to be moving—or at least looking—backward, embracing the past rather than evolving new approaches to the art of dance.

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    Dance Review: 'Ballet Hispanico'

    Ballet Hispanico presents a smart work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, an uninspired premiere by Ronald K. Brown, and a flop by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro.