The director of ballet at the Museum of Modern Art writes the story of this medium in America and presents a record of development and creativeness and many admirable achievements. Touching on 19th century dancers who prepared an audience, on early American ballet dancers who left no heirs, this proceeds to the stimulus of 1910 and the beginning of the ballet era in the United States, follows the influence of Pavlova, Mordkin, Diaghilev, on to Fokine, Massine, Bolm, etc., through to the Americanization of the Ballet Russe and the pioneers in native ballet. It then identifies the various groups and individuals responsible for the prodigious growth and solid reputation of American ballet -- American Ballet, Ballet Caravan, Ballet Society, Ballet Theatre; Kirsten, Tudor, de Mille, and others --and the history and creations of each. There is a chapter on ballet in musical comedy and a lengthy chronology. A book for the average balletophile as well as the ardent follower of all matters of ballet, this provides a useful history and a worthwhile discussion of the art.