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Beach Ballet

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
NYC Ballet
Andrea Mohin/NY Times

As you might know New York Weather is nothing like San Diego’s, but that didn't stop the members of the New York City Ballet from dressing as though they were going to go to the beach. The ballet performed Paz de La Jolla and it sure felt like it occurred by the sun and sand.

In San Diego the weather is almost always right for a trip to the beach. Not so in New York, yet on Thursday at the David H. Koch Theater, members of New York City Ballet were dressed for a dip. Young love was in the air, and if you couldn't smell the ocean, you could see it. The corps de ballet danced the Pacific.

The occasion was the premiere of "Paz de La Jolla," by the corps member, choreographer and Southern California native Justin Peck. This was Mr. Peck's third ballet for the company. After the triumph of his "Year of the Rabbit" in October, expectations soared like a kite on an updraft. On Thursday Mr. Peck did not disappoint. He's still flying.

While "Year of the Rabbit" excitingly upset the hierarchical relationship between the corps and principal dancers, the new work, though just as fresh, is more conventional.

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