A Washington Ballet dancer was incorrectly identified in a photograph in Thursday's late editions. Her correct name is Julie Miles.
With the New York City Ballet's visit here a glorious but fading memory, and American Ballet Theater not due until January, it's good to have our home team, the Washington Ballet, on the boards here again.
Fresh from a tour of France, Italy and Switzerland, the 18-member company looks fit and strong.: Although ballerina Amanda McKerrow has left for New York, new dancers have joined, among them, Richard Hoskinson, formerly a member of New York City Ballet, solidly built, dark-haired and able to move in a sensitive and articulate manner; Hoon Sook Pak, an elegant wisp of a dancer with a demure gaze and feathery technique; and Marc Spradling, one of the most good-natured, guileless performers around. Dramatic ballerina Lynn Cote has returned after a year away, and Tinkerbellish Bonnie Moore, who placed first at last year's "Prix de Lausanne" International Ballet Competition, has been promoted from aspirant to member.
Along with new dancers come the premieres of two very different works. "Le Combat," choreographed in 1950 by William Dollar, is rather old-fashioned, set in the time of the Crusades and featuring much percussive, confrontational movement, intriguing lifts and some high-spirited jousting. Venezuelan choreographer Vincente Nebrada's "A Handel Celebration" is a flurry of abstract variations closely tied to selections from the composer's "The Water Music" and "The Royal Fireworks." Rounding out the repertoire are three of resident choreographer Choo San Goh's ballets: "In the Glow of the Night," "Fives" and "Double Contrasts" -- all intense in design and pulse, all set to challenging scores (Martinu, Bloch, Poulenc), and all tailor-made for the troupe that brings them to life. THE WASHINGTON BALLET -- Friday and Saturday at 8, Saturday at 2. Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Reserved tickets $7.50 and $10; $2 and $3 tickets available one hour before showtime at the box office. Call 362-4644.