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BalletNow gets Dorothy Chandler audience on its feet

BalletNow gets Dorothy Chandler audience on its feet

Bring together two celebrity danseurs, give them each gala-style programs, add 17 of their most talented friends, and — voila — you have an audience-pleasing formula that stoked some well-deserved ovations this weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

BalletNow, which was co-produced by the Music Center, was an intriguing Rorschach test of its artistic directors, Roberto Bolle and Herman Cornejo.

The Italian-born Bolle is an elegant star with American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Ballet in Italy, a real-life David with dark hair, pale skin and a perfectly proportioned and chiseled body; off came the shirt in each of his four numbers. He looks as good standing still...