Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
A muggy night. Still, a slight breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay, and lots of citizens came down with their dogs and their bicycles to watch the Capitol Ballet Company Sunday night at Sylvan Theater.
This company suffers no lack of talent. Directors Doris Jones and Claire Heywood are generous in giving young dancers opportunity to gain performing experience. They emphasize performing values, and, whatever the technical shortcomings of particular dancers, most of the performers can shake a leg and reach an audience. both Sandra Fortune and Hinton Battle, two of the leading dancers, are smooth and accomplished, and others in the company show great promise. Adrian James danced in "Hinty" with a sharp, ingratiating style, and Tammy Hurt, while not overly fleet, had a nice sense of line and shapeliness in "Dance for Six."
The company lacks a sure sense of choreographic design and placement, however, so that even when the dancers are working with viable choregraphy, they aren't always where they're supposed to be at the right time, and they don't seem to have a firm grasp of the sPatial patterns. They were additionally impeded, on this occasion, by a slippery floor which slowed business down and caused some unfortunate falls.