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Jin Zhang, Erica Lall and Betsy McBride in Swan Lake. Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy American Ballet Theatre

Erica Lall, a member of American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet, accomplished an impressive feat this spring: she danced in every single one of ABT's spring Metropolitan Opera House season performances. That's 64 shows—actually, as Lall notes, "it would technically be 69 shows at the Met," since she performed in all of the ABTKids performances as well.

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Ulrik Birkkjaer and Susanne Grinder in Bournonville's Napoli." Photo by Costin Radu, Courtesy Jacob's Pillow Dance.

On June 20, Royal Danish Ballet will open the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival with a weeklong run in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre. The celebrated relationship between the Copenhagen-based company and the Pillow dates back to 1954, when leading RDB soloist Inge Sand stepped in to replace a dancer from another company at the last minute, resulting in her U.S. debut. Her popularity led to the company's inaugural U.S. performance at the festival the next summer. According to the Pillow's director of preservation, Norton Owen, this was also the first time that works by August Bournonville, the famed 19th-century Danish choreographer, were seen in this country. Following its success at Jacob's Pillow, RDB made its New York City debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1956, and in 1957 the King of Denmark knighted Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn for his role in bringing Danish ballet to America. Over the next 20 years, soloists from RDB returned to the Berkshires frequently to great acclaim; their most recent visit was in 2007.

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American Ballet Theatre announced its 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season today, and the lineup includes some lovely surprises.

Perhaps the biggest is the company premiere of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, which I'm sure fans are especially excited to see after all the teasing on "Breaking Pointe." A Shakespeare Celebration evening will feature more Ashton—The Dream—and a reprise of Alexei Ratmansky's new Tempest, which premieres at the end of this month. Revivals include Léonide Massine's Gaîté Parisienne and Kenneth Macmillan's Manon. Alina Cojocaru, Maria Kochetkova and Denis Matvienko will be back as guest artists.

The predictable warhorse classics are still around—fans of La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake and Coppélia, fear not—but they're livened by some fresh casting, especially the latter: Misty Copeland will make her Swanilda debut May 30, and October/November cover star Joseph Gorak will dance his first Franz July 5.

The season runs May 1–July 15 at the Met Opera House. Stay tuned for more details!

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