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Queen of the Jete Set

LONDON -- Viviana Durante has a split personality.The 26-year-old principal dancer with The Royal Ballet -- which arrives in Washington, D.C., April 6 for the start of a two-month tour that also takes in Orange County, West Palm Beach and New York --...

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She works equally hard at keeping her feet on the ground, determined not to be trapped in the ballet bubble with no connections to the real world. Her biggest aide in that regard is her older brother, who constantly sends her books to read and quizzes her about the Sunday newspapers during his weekly calls from Rome. Durante also is already planning what to do after her ballet career ends and says she'd like to move into acting. Then there are all the personal things she wants to do. " I'd like to play more tennis and to go skiing." She pauses, thinking of other possibilities. "Oh, and I'd really like to go horseback riding. I can't do that at all now. Can you imagine a bowlegged ballerina?"
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