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Picks: New York City Ballet Moves

Sara Mearns and Chase Finlay in
Sara Mearns and Chase Finlay in

[DANCE] Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6

The beauty of ballet is that you don’t really have to understand it to appreciate it. You need not have read history, followed dance companies or studied names of choreographers and composers to recognize its uniqueness. Even an untrained eye can delight in a weightless pirouette, a dancers’ superior physique or a work’s costumes and music.

Ballet merely requires an appetite for beauty.

Though if you are well-versed in dance, you’ll know the New York City Ballet, coming to the Smith Center next week, is considered to be one of the best. (The New York Times calls it “the foremost creative ballet troupe in the world.”) You’ll know the 60-year-old company grew organically from a number of other notable East Coast schools and was headed by famed choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, whose work will be represented on both nights of the traveling show. And you might recognize composers Chopin, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Ligeti for penning the accompanying music.

But even if you don’t, fear not. The repertoire will vary slightly each night, featuring works both old and new — the new being equally unknown to experts and novices alike.

7:30 p.m.; Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave.,, $26-$149